Afghanistan

April 6, 2014

Afghan Candidates Promise to Respect Results

KABUL, Afghanistan — Trucks and donkeys loaded with ballot boxes made their way to counting centers on Sunday as Afghans and the international community sighed with relief that national elections were held without major violence despite a Taliban threat.

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April 6, 2014

Big Voter Turnout on Election Day in Afghanistan

Unafraid and embracing the first peaceful, democratic transfer of power, Afghans waited in long lines on Election Day.  A “Ring of Steel” formed by the heavy police presence kept voters safe despite repeated Taliban threats that attacks would disrupt the vote. All the big names in […]

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April 5, 2014

Security ahead of the Historic Vote in Afghanistan

CCTV’s Phillip Yin is joined by Faiysal Ali Khan, Carnegie Fellow in the National Security Studies Program at the New American Foundation and Associate Fellow at the Asia Society, to talk more about Afghanistan’s presidential elections.

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April 5, 2014

Afghanistan Presidential Election Front-runners

None of this year’s Afghan presidential candidates is expected to get enough votes to be declared a clear winner after this weekend. So political watchers are predicting a May run-off between the top two candidates There are 11 candidates running for president in Afghanistan. Abdullah Abdullah, Ashraf Ghani […]

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April 5, 2014

Afghans Flock to Polls to Vote for New Leader

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghans flocked to polling stations nationwide on Saturday, defying a threat of violence by the Taliban to cast ballots in what promises to be the nation’s first democratic transfer of power. The turnout was so high that some polling centers ran out […]

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April 4, 2014

Are Afghan Soldiers Ready to Defend Their Country?

Nearly 200,000 Afghan troops are being deployed to protect voters and polling stations in Saturday’s national elections. Americans and Afghans have worked side-by-side for the past seven years to train thousands of the country’s soldiers.  However, in every way imaginable, the Afghan National Army is heading down a lonely […]

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April 3, 2014

Afghanistan Set for Crucial Elections

With Saturday’s election looming, the Taliban has stepped up attacks and assassinations, pushing the country to levels of violence not seen since 2009. The Afghan government is increasing security efforts to ensure the country’s 12 million registered voters can go the polls safely.

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March 30, 2014

Election Commission Headquarters Attacked in Kabul

In yet another attempt to derail the upcoming Afghan presidential elections, Taliban gunmen attacked the election commission headquarters in Kabul on Saturday. The militants disguised as women and entered the nearby building and opened fire on the compound officials. All five were killed in a five-hour gun […]

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