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Afghanistan gears up for run-off presidential vote

Iran Press TV

Fri Jun 13, 2014 4:8PM

Afghanistan prepares for the run-off presidential election to be held on Saturday as government forces tighten security across the country.

Approximately 400,000 security personnel will be deployed on election day tomorrow, the spokesman for the Afghan Ministry of Defense said.

Vote counting is scheduled to begin immediately after the election, with primary results announced on July 2.

The run-off election is held because none of the eight candidates in the first round received more than 50 percent of the votes required to win outright.

Former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah managed to take the lead in the first round with 45 percent of the votes. His immediate rival, former finance minister Ashraf Ghani, trailed with 31 percent.

The two front-runners will face each other in the run-off vote on Saturday.

On April 5, more than 6.8 million Afghans went to the polls to choose a successor to two-time President Hamid Karzai.

The voting process was peaceful despite threats by Taliban militants who had pledged to disrupt the balloting.

Violence continues to plague Afghanistan despite the presence of thousands of foreign forces more than 12 years after the US-led invasion of the country in 2001.

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