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An Afghan election worker stands next to ballot boxes at a counting centre in Kabul April 6, 2014. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

An Afghan election worker stands next to ballot boxes at a counting centre in Kabul April 6, 2014. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail
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An Afghan election worker checks a ballot box lock at a counting centre in Kabul April 6, 2014. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

An Afghan election worker checks a ballot box lock at a counting centre in Kabul April 6, 2014. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail
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An Afghan policeman stands guard at a counting centre in Kabul April 6, 2014. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

An Afghan policeman stands guard at a counting centre in Kabul April 6, 2014. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail
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Afghan election workers writes numbers on ballot boxes at a counting centre in Kabul April 6, 2014. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

Afghan election workers writes numbers on ballot boxes at a counting centre in Kabul April 6, 2014. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail
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Afghan women stand in line while waiting for their turn to vote at a polling station in Mazar-i-sharif April 5, 2014. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Afghan women stand in line while waiting for their turn to vote at a polling station in Mazar-i-sharif April 5, 2014. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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A policeman stands guard outside a polling station in Kabul as Afghans wanting to vote queue outside before it opened April 5, 2014. Voting began on Saturday in Afghanistan's presidential election, which will mark the first democratic transfer of power since the country was tipped into chaos by the fall of the hardline Islamist Taliban regime in 2001. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

A policeman stands guard outside a polling station in Kabul as Afghans wanting to vote queue outside before it opened April 5, 2014. Voting began on Saturday in Afghanistan's presidential election, which will mark the first democratic transfer of power since the country was tipped into chaos by the fall of the hardline Islamist Taliban regime in 2001. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne
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Afghans queue to vote at a polling station in Kabul April 5, 2014. Voting began on Saturday in Afghanistan's presidential election, which will mark the first democratic transfer of power since the country was tipped into chaos by the fall of the hardline Islamist Taliban regime in 2001. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

Afghans queue to vote at a polling station in Kabul April 5, 2014. Voting began on Saturday in Afghanistan's presidential election, which will mark the first democratic transfer of power since the country was tipped into chaos by the fall of the hardline Islamist Taliban regime in 2001. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood
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An Afghan woman looks through a window as another is about to cast her ballot at a polling station in Mazar-i-Sharif April 5, 2014. Voting began on Saturday in Afghanistan's presidential election, which will mark the first democratic transfer of power since the country was tipped into chaos by the fall of the hardline Islamist Taliban regime in 2001. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

An Afghan woman looks through a window as another is about to cast her ballot at a polling station in Mazar-i-Sharif April 5, 2014. Voting began on Saturday in Afghanistan's presidential election, which will mark the first democratic transfer of power since the country was tipped into chaos by the fall of the hardline Islamist Taliban regime in 2001. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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Afghan women vote at a polling station in Kabul April 5, 2014. Voting began on Saturday in Afghanistan's presidential election, which will mark the first democratic transfer of power since the country was tipped into chaos by the fall of the hardline Islamist Taliban regime in 2001. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

Afghan women vote at a polling station in Kabul April 5, 2014. Voting began on Saturday in Afghanistan's presidential election, which will mark the first democratic transfer of power since the country was tipped into chaos by the fall of the hardline Islamist Taliban regime in 2001. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood
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Afghans set up a polling station in Kabul April 5, 2014. Voting began on Saturday in Afghanistan's presidential election, which will mark the first democratic transfer of power since the country was tipped into chaos by the fall of the hardline Islamist Taliban regime in 2001. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

Afghans set up a polling station in Kabul April 5, 2014. Voting began on Saturday in Afghanistan's presidential election, which will mark the first democratic transfer of power since the country was tipped into chaos by the fall of the hardline Islamist Taliban regime in 2001. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood
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Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah speaks to the media after voting at a polling station in Kabul pril 5, 2014. Voting began on Saturday in Afghanistan's presidential election, which will mark the first democratic transfer of power since the country was tipped into chaos by the fall of the hardline Islamist Taliban regime in 2001. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah speaks to the media after voting at a polling station in Kabul pril 5, 2014. Voting began on Saturday in Afghanistan's presidential election, which will mark the first democratic transfer of power since the country was tipped into chaos by the fall of the hardline Islamist Taliban regime in 2001. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood
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Afghans queue to vote at a polling station in Kabul April 5, 2014. Voting began on Saturday in Afghanistan's presidential election, which will mark the first democratic transfer of power since the country was tipped into chaos by the fall of the hardline Islamist Taliban regime in 2001. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

Afghans queue to vote at a polling station in Kabul April 5, 2014. Voting began on Saturday in Afghanistan's presidential election, which will mark the first democratic transfer of power since the country was tipped into chaos by the fall of the hardline Islamist Taliban regime in 2001. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood
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An Afghan man walks from a voting booth after completing his ballot paper at a polling station in Kabul April 5, 2014. Voting began on Saturday in Afghanistan's presidential election, which will mark the first democratic transfer of power since the country was tipped into chaos by the fall of the hardline Islamist Taliban regime in 2001. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

An Afghan man walks from a voting booth after completing his ballot paper at a polling station in Kabul April 5, 2014. Voting began on Saturday in Afghanistan's presidential election, which will mark the first democratic transfer of power since the country was tipped into chaos by the fall of the hardline Islamist Taliban regime in 2001. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne
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Afghans wanting to vote begin to queue outside a polling station before it opened in Kabul April 5, 2014. Voting began on Saturday in Afghanistan's presidential election, which will mark the first democratic transfer of power since the country was tipped into chaos by the fall of the hardline Islamist Taliban regime in 2001. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

Afghans wanting to vote begin to queue outside a polling station before it opened in Kabul April 5, 2014. Voting began on Saturday in Afghanistan's presidential election, which will mark the first democratic transfer of power since the country was tipped into chaos by the fall of the hardline Islamist Taliban regime in 2001. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne
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A policeman stands near a billboard for the presidential election at a checkpoint in Kabul, April 4, 2014, before Saturday's presidential election. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

A policeman stands near a billboard for the presidential election at a checkpoint in Kabul, April 4, 2014, before Saturday's presidential election. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail
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Afghan presidential candidate Zalmai Rassoul (C) casts his vote in the presidential election in Kabul April 5, 2014. Voting began on Saturday in Afghanistan's presidential election, which will mark the first democratic transfer of power since the country was tipped into chaos by the fall of the hardline Islamist Taliban regime in 2001. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

Afghan presidential candidate Zalmai Rassoul (C) casts his vote in the presidential election in Kabul April 5, 2014. Voting began on Saturday in Afghanistan's presidential election, which will mark the first democratic transfer of power since the country was tipped into chaos by the fall of the hardline Islamist Taliban regime in 2001. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai leaves as he holds up his inked stained finger after voting in the presidential election in Kabul April 5, 2014. Voting began on Saturday in Afghanistan's presidential election, which will mark the first democratic transfer of power since the country was tipped into chaos by the fall of the hardline Islamist Taliban regime in 2001. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

Afghan President Hamid Karzai leaves as he holds up his inked stained finger after voting in the presidential election in Kabul April 5, 2014. Voting began on Saturday in Afghanistan's presidential election, which will mark the first democratic transfer of power since the country was tipped into chaos by the fall of the hardline Islamist Taliban regime in 2001. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail
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A photo of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah is seen on the dashboard of a car at a checkpoint in Kabul, April 4, 2014, before Saturday's presidential election. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

A photo of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah is seen on the dashboard of a car at a checkpoint in Kabul, April 4, 2014, before Saturday's presidential election. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail
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A policeman frisks a man at a check point near the Eidgah Mosque more in Kabul April 2, 2014, ahead of Saturday's presidential election. Picture taken April 2, 2014. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

A policeman frisks a man at a check point near the Eidgah Mosque more in Kabul April 2, 2014, ahead of Saturday's presidential election. Picture taken April 2, 2014. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne
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A policeman inspects a car at a checkpoint in Kabul April 4, 2014, ahead of Saturday's presidential election. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

A policeman inspects a car at a checkpoint in Kabul April 4, 2014, ahead of Saturday's presidential election. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail
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An Afghan police man leads the way as election commission workers carry ballot boxes and election material to be transported to the polling stations in Darenoor, Nangarhar province April 4, 2014. REUTERS/Parwiz

An Afghan police man leads the way as election commission workers carry ballot boxes and election material to be transported to the polling stations in Darenoor, Nangarhar province April 4, 2014. REUTERS/Parwiz
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Afghan women wait in line to cast their ballots at a polling station in Mazar-i-sharif April 5, 2014. Voting began on Saturday in Afghanistan's presidential election, which will mark the first democratic transfer of power since the country was tipped into chaos by the fall of the hardline Islamist Taliban regime in 2001. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Afghan women wait in line to cast their ballots at a polling station in Mazar-i-sharif April 5, 2014. Voting began on Saturday in Afghanistan's presidential election, which will mark the first democratic transfer of power since the country was tipped into chaos by the fall of the hardline Islamist Taliban regime in 2001. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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