sábado, 14 de junho de 2014

Afghans choose successor to Karzai

At stake is the successor of Hamid Karzai as well as a democratic transfer of power, to materialize, it would be the first in the history of the country.

Face to face is Abdullah Abdullah, former fighter anti-Taleban, and the World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani.

Both were below 50% in the first round last April.

Across the country are registered approximately 12 million voters.

The high rate of turnout recorded in the first round, (60%), was seen as a defeat for the Taliban.

It is expected that this time the turnout is smaller, partly due to security fears.

Abdullah managed to get 14% of preferences more front of his nearest rival, Ahsraf Ghani.

The departure of foreign forces is scheduled for the end of this year. Hamid Karzai's successor will inherit a country grappling with a Taliban insurgency as well as an economy affected by corruption and poor implementation of the law.

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