Afghans go to the polls
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Voters in Afghanistan went to the polls today to elect the country's next president.
Polls have reportedly only been marred by a small amount of violence while participation has been described as high by reporters. The government deployed more than 350,000 troops to protect voters from attacks on polling stations; security measures have included checkpoints on roads.
The three front-runners in the election are reported to be the former World Bank academic Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, doctor Abdullah Abdullah, and former foreign minister . The incumbent Hamid Karzai is not allowed to stand because of term limits.
The election in Afghanistan follows the shooting this week of two Associated Press journalists by Afghan police: and Kathy Gannon. Also recently, on Tuesday British troops formally shut down their base in Helmand as part of a planned withdrawal process from the region.
- John Wendle. "Afghan presidential election under way" — , April 5, 2014
- Hamid Shalizi and Jessica Donati. "Afghans vote in landmark poll, undeterred by threats" — , April 5, 2014
- "Afghan policeman shoots dead AP reporter Niedringhaus" — , April 4, 2014
- "The contenders in the Afghan presidential race" — , April 2, 2014
- Heather Saul. "British troops leave Helmand in further move towards total Afghanistan withdrawal" — , April 2, 2014