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Afghan Presidential Candidates React to Vote

Here is what some of the main Afghan presidential candidates are saying about the 20 August election:

Incumbent Afghan President Hamid Karzai
"It's the second presidential and parliamentary election in Afghanistan and I'm sure that, Inshallah [God willing], this will be for peace, for progress and for the well being of the Afghan people and I request the Afghan people to come out and vote so that, through their vote, Afghanistan can be more secure, more peaceful and a better country."
Former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah
"I'm concerned about the violence which is underway today, about security incidents, but a sa whole I'm very positive.... There have been some reports from some parts of the country but still people have shown their courage, their resilience and they have participated."
Former finance minister Ghani Ahmadzai
"I hope that we can peacefully resolve all the critical issues that would be arising regarding fraud. We are determined to avoid a Kenya and Zimbabwe at any cost and we are grateful for the support that the people of Europe and the rest of the world are providing."
Lawmaker Ramazan Bashardost
"So there is transparency, it is not honest, it is not free because the ink is not here. I can vote twice, I can vote a third [time]. It is the reason that I ask Karzai, the American Ambassador, especially the American Ambassador, and Mr. Ludin [Azizullah Ludin, head of Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission] to stop immediately, immediately this election."

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