Insight: During Afghan Election, National Army Keeps Taliban at Bay

Insight

After millions of citizens have voted in the country’s historic presidential election, no candidate is expected to capture the number of votes needed to avoid a runoff. Afghan news agencies have reported the two frontrunners who will likely face off: former World Bank executive Ashraf Ghani and the opposition leader Abdullah Abdullah.

CCTV’s Sean Callebs reports from Kabul on the latest developments surrounding the election, and profiles Afghanistan’s National Army (ANA) that has protected voters and officials from the myriad of threats by the Taliban.

Insight: During Afghan Elections, National Army Keeps Taliban at Bay

Insight: During Afghan Elections, National Army Keeps Taliban at Bay

After millions of citizens have voted in the country's historic presidential elections, no candidate is expected to capture the number of votes needed to avoid a runoff. Afghan news agencies have reported the two frontrunners who will likely face off: former World Bank executive Ashraf Ghani and the opposition leader Abdullah Abdullah. CCTV's Sean Callebs reports from Kabul on the latest developments surrounding the elections, as well as an in-depth report on Afghanistan's National Army (ANA) that has protected voters and officials from the myriad of threats by the Taliban.

Analysts call the presidential election in Afghanistan a major milestone, even if it’s headed for a runoff. Afghan election officials have signed up nearly four million new voters, and a third of them are women. CCTV’s Asieh Namdar sits down with Ambassador Marc Grossman to discuss Afghanistan’s long road to the election. Grossman served decades in the U.S. Foreign Service, and was the U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan from 2011 to 2012.

With a potential runoff in the election, the political and economic fate of Afghanistan still hangs in the balance. CCTV’s Sean Callebs reports how the country’s businesses are faring while awaiting the results.

Presidential Election in Afghanistan: Economic Impact

Presidential Election in Afghanistan: Economic Impact

With a potential runoff in the election, the political and economic fate of Afghanistan still hangs in the balance. CCTV's Sean Callebs reports how the country's businesses are faring while awaiting the results.

To discuss foreign aid to Afghanistan’s economy, anchor Phillip Yin is joined by William Byrd, a senior expert on Afghanistan at the U.S. Institute of Peace.

William Byrd on International Aid to Afghanistan

William Byrd on International Aid to Afghanistan

To discuss foreign aid to Afghanistan's economy, anchor Phillip Yin is joined by William Byrd, a senior expert on Afghanistan at the U.S. Institute of Peace.