Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Abdullah Seeks First Round Victory in Afghan Elections
Abdullah Abdullah, a candidate for the Afghan presidency, hopes to attain a first-round victory in the April 2014 Afghan elections. He was one of several candidates who ran in the 2009 presidential elections. Hamid Karzai, the leading candidate in those elections, did not attain 50% of the vote so a run-off was announced between Karzai and Abdullah - the second runner-up. However, the 2009 elections were marked with massive fraud and corruption and Karzai basically stole the election. Abdullah withdrew from the run-off election as he realized there was no hope of winning a rigged election against Karzai. This time around it is hoped that the upcoming election will be less corrupt. Time will tell. Read more in "Abdullah aims for knock-out blow in Afghan elections", Japan Times, February 19, 2014.