Afghan presidential race kicks off

Feb 02, 2014, 7:25 AM EST
H.E. Hamid Karzai, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan speaks during the Opening Ceremony & Leaders Panel at the 9th World Islamic Economic Forum at ExCel on October 29, 2013 in London, England.
Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images for 9th World Islamic Economic Forum

Afghanistan's presidential race opened today. A field of eleven candidates has a very brief two months to campaign, amid serious security issues. In an omionous turn, two aides of frontunner Abdullah Abdullah were shot dead in Herat on Saturday.


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