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Afghan polls open

Friday, June 13, 2014 - 00:41

June 14 - Voting gets underway in the second round of Afghanistan's presidential election. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL THAT WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 The final round in Afghanistan's presidential election began at 7a.m. (0230 GMT) on Saturday (June 14) as voters headed for the polls to pick a successor to President Hamid Karzai who has been in power since the U.S.-led invasion ousted the Taliban in 2001. The vote pits former anti-Taliban fighter Abdullah Abdullah against ex-World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani after neither secured the majority needed to win outright in the first round on April 5. The winner will inherit an unfinished war and an economy in the doldrums. Security was ramped up in Kabul on Saturday (June 14) as the polling stations opened. Armed police searched vehicles and people at checkpoints to ensure security. None of the eight candidates who contested the first round of the election won more than 50 percent of the vote, leading the two top contenders into Saturday's second-round showdown.

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Afghan polls open

Friday, June 13, 2014 - 00:41