Afghans go to the polls, voters defy the Taliban to mark first democratic transfer of power

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Voters in Afghanistan went to the polls today to elect the country’s next president.

Polls have reportedly only been marred by a small amount of violence while participation has been described as high by reporters. The government deployed more than 350,000 troops to protect voters from attacks on polling stations; security measures have included checkpoints on roads.

The three front-runners in the election are reported to be the former World Bank academic Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, doctor Abdullah Abdullah, and former foreign minister Zalmai Rassoul. The incumbent Hamid Karzai is not allowed to stand because of term limits.

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