Middle East

  • A man loads ballot boxes and other election material onto a donkey to be transported to polling stations not accessible by road, in Shutul, Panjshir province, June 13, 2014. 
  • A man walks with a donkey loaded with ballot boxes and other election material to be transported to polling stations not accessible by road in Shutul, Panjshir province, June 13, 2014.
  • A woman walks past a mural to support voting in Kandahar, south of Kabul, June 13, 2014. 
  • Afghan election workers in a warehouse carry ballot boxes and election materials, in Kabul, June 13, 2014. 
  • Afghan police and soldiers guard checkpoints at almost every intersection, searching vehicles and frisking drivers in a massive security operation ahead of elections, Kabul, June 13, 2014. 
  • With fears for violence high during the presidential election, Afghanistan National Army soldiers stand alert, in Herat, west of Kabul, Afghanistan, June 13, 2014.

     
  • A female police officer, in blue burqa, searches female passengers at a checkpoint in Kandahar, south of Kabul, Afghanistan, June 13, 2014. 
  • Presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai speaks during his last campaign rally in Kabul, Afghanistan, June 11, 2014.
  • Presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah, center, with his allies, raises his arm during his last campaign rally in Kabul, Afghanistan, June 11, 2014.

Afghanistan Readies for Presidential Run-off

Published June 13, 2014

On Saturday, Afghans will head to the polls to choose a new president from the two contestants left in the race, Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah. Sharon Behn reports from Kabul that security is tight and the race is too close to call.


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