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Thu June 12, 2014
Afghanistan's historic election
Afghans head to the polls this weekend in the second round of their presidential election. It's slated to be the first democratic transition in Afghanistan's history, and the race is down to two candidates. Abdullah Abdullah is the country's former foreign minister, and came in second in the country's last presidential election in 2009. He won the first round of the election in the beginning of April, and is originally from the capital Kabul. His opponent is Ashraf Ghani, Afghanistan's former finance minister. He's from Logar in the eastern part of the country.
We look at the Afghan election, and what the results may mean for the country's development. Our guests:
- Patricia Gossman, a senior researcher on Afghanistan at Human Rights Watch in Brussels
- Dr. Massoumeh Torfeh, a former director of strategic communication at the UN Assistance Mission for Afghanistan who is currently a research associate at the London School of Economics and Political Science
- Frud Bezhan, a correspondent for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty based in Kabul