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Afghanistan Holds Landmark Vote

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posted on Sep, 18 2005 @ 12:28 AM
Afghanistan's first parliamentary polls for more than 30 years told voters made history today. Afghans braved an outbreak of violence Sunday to vote in the legislative elections, hoping to strengthen a fragile democracy after decades of war. More than 3,015 candidates ran for a total of 420 seats in 34 provincial councils. A quarter of the seats were reserved for women.
Afghans are voting in their first parliamentary and local elections for more than 30 years.

More than 12 million voters have a choice of almost 6,000 candidates. Voting has been steady in Kabul. People have queued to vote in other cities.

More than 1,000 people, including seven election candidates, have been killed in militant-linked violence in the past six months - the worst bloodshed since US-led forces ousted the Taleban in 2001.

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Question is can the Afghans finally get past the rule of the gun and become a democratic country with the emergence of this new political culture or is it just a matter of time before it falls back to poppy cultivation and warlords?

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[edit on 27-9-2005 by DJDOHBOY]

posted on Sep, 19 2005 @ 05:33 AM
Unfortunately the results wont be tallied for another month, which leaves tensions and may escalate violence.

posted on Sep, 19 2005 @ 05:53 AM
Perhaps, but its an important step IMHO. Congrats and kudos to the brave Afgan people who went to the polls despite the threats. If they can go vote why can't we

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