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.
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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.