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Transgender election candidate from P...
Jhelum City, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
01 May 2013

Lubna in her days as a dancer. Lubna does not dance anymore, but manages a group of transgendered dancers.

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Transgender election candidate from P...
Jhelum City, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
01 May 2013

Neelo is the Guru of transgenders in Jhelum and a vocal supporter of Lubna Lal, the election candidate from transgender community.

Very popular among the transgender community in Jhelum, Lubna is a former wedding dancer who decided to run for a seat in the provincial assembly. Now legally recognized, several transgender people are running for elections and working toward equal rights for the community.

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Transgender election candidate from P...
Jhelum City, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
01 May 2013

Lubna, a transgender election candidate explains her manifesto to an old lady.

Very popular among the transgender community in Jhelum, Lubna is a former wedding dancer who decided to run for a seat in the provincial assembly. Now legally recognized, several transgender people are running for elections and working toward equal rights for the community.

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Transgender election candidate Lubna ...
Jhelum City, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
01 May 2013

Transgender Lubna Laal's election poster.

46 years old Lubna Laal and Sidra roam around in streets of Jhelum, a city in North Punjab, distributing pamphlets and posters to housewives shopkeeper and common folk. The pamphlets contain Lubna Laal's election manifesto and her posters have a very beautiful and serious Lubna Laal posing as a politician. But its not an ordinary election campaign, Lubna Laal is a transgender and she is running for elections on a provincial assembly seat.

Lubna Laal's original name is Mujahid Kamran and she was born and raised in inner Jhelum city. She left house at an early age and did some schooling. Her main source of income like most transgenders in Pakistab was dancing in weddings and newborn baby celebrations. Now 46, Lubna has left dancing and now manages few other younger transgenders and lives with them in a small house in suburbs of Jhelum city.

Lubna Laal is very popular among housewives of inner Jhelum and equally loved by shopkeepers in bazaars of Jhelum. She says this popularity is because she's been working in these areas since a long time.

Lubna says the response to her campaign has been very positive and people have appreciated her hard work and passion. She aspires to become a provincial assembly member in the coming days. Her manifesto included program to educate transgender community and bring them in the mainstream.

Jhelum is a small city in north of densely populated Punjab province of Pakistan. It is home to very powerful and influential politicians who have no shortage of support and money.

Lubna Laal is very hopeful that she will give these politicians a tough time and that people of Jhelum will support her.

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Henri Capriles Questions Election Res...
Caracas, Venezuela
By U.S. Editor
16 Apr 2013

After Nicolas Maduro was announced into presidency in Venezuela, presidential candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski talks to the press about the questionable results.

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Henrique Capriles Questions Election ...
Caracas, Venezuela
By Sergio Alvarez
15 Apr 2013

After Nicolas Maduro was announced into presidency in Venezuela, presidential candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski talks to the press about the questionable results.

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Henrique Capriles Questions Election ...
Caracas, Venezuela
By Sergio Alvarez
15 Apr 2013

After Nicolas Maduro was announced into presidency in Venezuela, presidential candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski talks to the press about the questionable results.

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Henrique Capriles Questions Election ...
Caracas, Venezuela
By Sergio Alvarez
15 Apr 2013

After Nicolas Maduro was announced into presidency in Venezuela, presidential candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski talks to the press about the questionable results.

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Henrique Capriles Questions Election ...
Caracas, Venezuela
By Sergio Alvarez
15 Apr 2013

After Nicolas Maduro was announced into presidency in Venezuela, presidential candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski talks to the press about the questionable results.

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Henrique Capriles Questions Election ...
Caracas, Venezuela
By Sergio Alvarez
15 Apr 2013

Carlos Ocariz, campaign chief, accompanies Capriles Radonski in Radonski 's talks to the press about the questionable election results.

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Henrique Capriles Questions Election ...
Caracas, Venezuela
By Sergio Alvarez
15 Apr 2013

After Nicolas Maduro was announced into presidency in Venezuela, presidential candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski talks to the press about the questionable results.

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Henrique Capriles Questions Election ...
Caracas, Venezuela
By Sergio Alvarez
15 Apr 2013

After Nicolas Maduro was announced into presidency in Venezuela, presidential candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski talks to the press about the questionable results.

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Henrique Capriles Questions Election ...
Caracas, Venezuela
By Sergio Alvarez
15 Apr 2013

After Nicolas Maduro's was announced into presidency in Venezuela, presidential candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski talks to the press about the questionable results.

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Henrique Capriles Questions Election...
Caracas, Venezuela
By Sergio Alvarez
15 Apr 2013

After Nicolas Maduro was announced into presidency in Venezuela, presidential candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski talks to the press about the questionable results.

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Cord Party Holds Last Political Rally...
Nairobi, Kenya
By evans
02 Mar 2013

Cord Party Presidential Candidate Raila Odinga Climbs on the podium at Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi to address the last Political rally ahead of the March 4th General Elections.

PHOTO:PETER OBUYA