Afghanistan voters in presidential election not deterred by threats of violence

04/08/2014 6:52 PM

04/08/2014 6:52 PM

Despite threats of violence, the election in Afghanistan over the weekend resulted in a high turnout of people casting ballots for the next president of that war-torn country.

The Guardian reports that 7 million out of 12 million eligible voters, or about 58 percent went to the polls.

The Wall Street Journal reports that former World Bank executive Ashraf Ghani and opposition leader Abdullah Abdullah appeared to be the lead vote-getters. A candidate whom President Hamid Karzai favored didn’t make the cut for a likely run-off election.

Karzai backed Zalmai Rassoul, his former foreign minister. Having him out of the picture should make it easier for the U.S. to get a bilateral security agreement signed to keep a limited number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan after this year.

Karzai had resisted signing. The U.S. should find the new Afghanistan leadership considerably more agreeable and less erratic than Karzai.

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