Afghanistan presidential election set for April 2014

KABUL Wed Oct 31, 2012 2:26am EDT

Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai speaks during a news conference in Kabul October 4, 2012. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai speaks during a news conference in Kabul October 4, 2012.

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KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan will hold its next presidential election on April 5, 2014, the Election Commission announced on Wednesday.

President Hamid Karzai, who is constitutionally barred from seeking a third term, had denied speculation that security problems and the exit of foreign troops that year would delay the poll.

The credibility of the vote will be vital to the security and stability of Afghanistan after the final foreign combat troops have left by the end of 2014. Karzai's re-election in 2009 was blighted by allegations of fraud.

(Reporting by Mirwais Harooni; Editing by Nick Macfie)

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I wonder if the next ‘president’ of Afghanistan will win with more than 10% of the countrys vote…?

And that was AFTER massive electoral fraud!

To call Afghanistan a democracy 10 years on is an insult to all the dead, and a joke to all the worlds heroin users.

Oct 31, 2012 8:11am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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