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  1. Afghanistan Main Page
  2. Soviet Invasion
  3. The Rise of the Taliban
  4. The U.S. Responds to the September 11, 2001, Terrorist Attacks
  5. Reemergence of the Taliban
  6. Taliban Attacks Become More Deadly
  7. Afghanistan Holds Second Direct Presidential Elections
  8. Support for the War on the Wane
  9. Osama bin Laden Is Killed
  10. Violence and Assassinations Diminish Confidence in Afghanistan's Security Forces
  11. U.S. Begins to Reduce Its Role in Afghanistan as Relationship Deteriorates
  12. Karzai Rejects Security Deal with U.S.
  13. Voter Turnout Unexpectedly High in Presidential Election
Voter Turnout Unexpectedly High in Presidential Election

April's elections were successful for the high voter turnout and the lack of violence or attempts to disrupt the vote. About 60% of registered voters turned out to vote for president and provincial councils. The Taliban had threatened to interfere with the election and warned Afghanis not to vote, but citizens seemed to have ignored the threats. In the weeks leading up to the elections, the Taliban attacked a voter registration center and the election commission headquarters, but there were few reports of violence on election day. Eight candidates are running for president, and results are not expected for several weeks. Preliminary results put Abdullah Abdullah, a former foreign minister, in the lead, followed by Ashraf Ghani, a former minister of finance. A run-off is anticipated.

See also Encyclopedia: Afghanistan .
U.S. State Dept. Country Notes: Afghanistan
Afghanistan and the Taliban: 1979–Present

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