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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Musharraf Win Under Contention

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Pakistan entered political limbo Sunday, caught between General Pervez Musharraf's presidential election win and a future court ruling on whether he was even eligible to run.

Musharraf on Saturday scored an overwhelming victory in a ballot of lawmakers, which was boycotted by much of the opposition in protest against the U.S.-allied military leader.

The country must now wait at least 10 days for the Supreme Court to either confirm the result or disqualify Musharraf because of his retention of his powerful role as army chief.

While many observers doubt that the judges will dare to rule against the military strongman, The Nation newspaper printed a cartoon Sunday showing Musharraf frowning toward the Supreme Court, his fingers crossed behind his back.

"The government cannot afford to take the courts for granted," an editorial in the Lahore-based daily said.

Musharraf's won 671 votes, while a retired judge who was his main rival received just eight. In all, 1,170 lawmakers were eligible to vote.

Musharraf dismissed criticism that the boycott had undermined the legitimacy of the election.

"Democracy means majority, whether there is opposition or no opposition," he told reporters on the lawn of his official residence. "A majority, a vast majority, have voted for me and therefore that result is the result."