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May 15, 2014 - 2:12 pm

elect-final results

The final presidential election results are in over in Afghanistan, and while the contest now goes into the runoff stage the results were really poor for the Islamist hopefuls on the ballot.

Abdul Rab Rasool Sayyaf is a Wahhabist Islamist warlord. Qotbuddin Helal is a high-ranking member of the Taliban-allied insurgent group Hizb-e-Islami Afghanistan.

Together, they just managed to clear 10 percent. Voter turnout was 50 percent higher than 2009, and long lines at polling stations defied Taliban threats.

Abdullah Abdullah, a doctor and former foreign minister, will face Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, a former chancellor of Kabul University and finance minister who is married to a Lebanese Christian, in the June 14 runoff.

The third-place finisher, Zalmai Rassoul, has already endorsed Abdullah.

TOLO News also reported that Independent Election Commission head Yousuf Nuristani said they’re also cleaning house before the next round of voting — firing 3,000 IEC employees because of their “disloyal acts” during the election process.

“We have documents of who was involved in rigging’s and fraudulent acts, they will be dismissed,” Nuristani said.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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This is great news! Abdullah Abdullah was close to Massoud, whom the Taliban hated. If he wins, I'll probably refer to him as Abdullah x 2.

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They would get more than that here.
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The 10% with guns wins.
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This is great news! Abdullah Abdullah was close to Massoud, whom the Taliban hated. If he wins, I'll probably refer to him as Abdullah x 2.

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Afghanistan is farther from a participatory republic than I wish it was and closer than the Taliban wish it was. Let's hope the progress toward a peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan continues. It's a long road yet.
Perhaps Obama's decision to put Afghanistan on its own feet will yet prove a good one. This is roughly the set of conditions that Bush had in mind.
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