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Afghanistan's 2009 Presidential Election

Afghanistan's voters went to the polls on Aug. 20, 2009, for the nation's second presidential election since the fall of the Taliban in 2001. Two months later, Afghanistan's election commission ordered a runoff election for Nov. 7 after a fraud investigation invalidated nearly a million of President Hamid Karzai's votes.

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Karzai, Abdullah Teams Both Expect Election Win
Article | KABUL, Aug. 21 -- President Hamid Karzai and his top election rival both claimed Friday that they were comfortably ahead in Thursday's nationwide polling and expected to win the presidency, while election officials admonished all candidates against making such claims until official results are...
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Afghan Election Woes Raise Taliban's Stock
Article | KABUL, Sept. 20 -- The big winner in the fraud-ridden, never-ending Afghanistan elections is turning out to be a party not even on the ballot: the Taliban.
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Militia Commander Campaigns for Karzai
Article | KABUL, Aug. 17 -- One of Afghanistan's most notorious militia commanders took to the campaign trail for President Hamid Karzai on Monday, another sign of Karzai's dependence on Afghanistan's old guard of political musclemen as he seeks reelection this week.
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'We Don't Have Any Alternative to Karzai'
Article | BATI KOT, Afghanistan, Aug. 18 -- From the gravel lot where he repairs cars, Babarak Shinwari can see the spot where the suicide bomber killed three of his cousins last year. At his home nearby, where his four children live without electricity, he says he prays to God for a president who can brin...
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Karzai's Lead Widens in Afghan Race
Article | KABUL, Aug. 26 -- President Hamid Karzai extended his lead over his top challenger in Afghanistan's presidential election, new results showed Wednesday, but he remains short of the 50 percent threshold that would allow him to avoid a two-man runoff.
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Karzai voiced doubts about runoff until last moment
Article | After nearly 20 hours of tense, exhausting talks over four days, Sen. John F. Kerry was convinced by midday Tuesday that Afghan President Hamid Karzai had accepted the need for a runoff election. But as dignitaries and reporters gathered at the presidential palace in Kabul for the 1 p.m....
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U.S. Officials Talk New Post With Karzai Rival, Aide Says
Article | KABUL, Aug. 10 -- Senior American officials are expressing renewed interest in a post-election plan for Afghanistan that would establish a chief executive to serve beneath President Hamid Karzai if he wins a second term next week, Afghan officials said Monday.
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With Karzai Favored to Win, U.S. Walks a Fine Line
Article | KABUL -- The last time Hamid Karzai ran for president, in 2004, he was clearly America's man in Afghanistan. U.S. military helicopters shuttled him between campaign stops. At his inauguration, Vice President Richard B. Cheney was there to hail the day as a major moment "in the history of human fr...
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Karzai Opponent Alleges 'Widespread' Voter Fraud
Article | KABUL, Aug. 23 -- The main challenger to Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Sunday that he has received "alarming" reports of "widespread rigging" in Thursday's presidential election by pro-government groups and officials, but he called on supporters to be patient and said he hopes the problem will...
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Karzai Slightly Ahead in Partial Vote Count
Article | KABUL, Aug. 25 -- A partial tally of votes in last week's Afghan presidential election shows incumbent Hamid Karzai with a slight edge over his main challenger, Abdullah Abdullah, according to results released Tuesday.

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