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May 21, 2014

Afghan election body sacks thousands over fraud ahead of run-off

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan’s election commission said on Wednesday it had fired more than 3,000 staff accused of fraud in the first round of the country’s presidential election, as it sought to quell fears that it might fail to deliver a legitimate outcome.

Afghans voted on April 5 in the first round of the election to pick a successor to President Hamid Karzai, who is barred by the constitution from standing for a third term after more than a decade in power.

May 15, 2014
May 15, 2014

Afghan presidential election heads for run-off in mid-June

KABUL (Reuters) – The Afghan election headed for a second round run-off in mid-June between Abdullah Abdullah, a former opposition leader, and ex-World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani after final results on Thursday showed no candidate had won an absolute majority.

The run-off will be held on June 14 and the results will be announced on July 22.

May 15, 2014
May 14, 2014

Afghan election result delayed till Thursday by over 900 serious complaints

KABUL (Reuters) – The final result of the presidential election held in Afghanistan over a month ago will be announced on Thursday, a day later than planned because of a high number of voter complaints, the election authorities said.

Preliminary results late last month indicated no candidate would emerge with an absolute majority. If final results confirm the initial count, a run-off will be held between the two leading contenders, former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah and ex-World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani.

May 13, 2014

Outgoing Afghan leader not going anywhere, to U.S. chagrin

KABUL (Reuters) – In central Kabul, a few minutes’ walk from the ornate presidential office, workmen are putting the finishing touches to an imposing new residence and office complex: the retirement compound of the outgoing Afghan president.

It is an eloquent metaphor. Hamid Karzai may be officially leaving, but his influence will loom large over the new leader.

May 11, 2014

Abdullah wins key ally in Afghan presidential race

KABUL (Reuters) – Former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah received a boost in the race for the Afghan presidency on Sunday when one of the pre-election favorites dropped out and backed his team ahead of next month’s expected run-off.

Zalmay Rassoul, who finished third in April’s first round with 11.5 percent of the vote, told journalists in Kabul he had endorsed Abdullah to strengthen national unity, and because the pair campaigned on similar platforms.

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      "Began my media career with Japanese TV (NHK) ten years ago in Islamabad where I had moved following the civil war in Afghanistan. I returned to Kabul in early 2002 and later joined Reuters as a correspondent. I cover the insurgency, the politics, and Afghan society from across the country."
      Joined Reuters:
      2007
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