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Turnout appears low as Afghans vote for president under Taliban threat; Karzai favored

Publié par Clifford Armion le 20/08/2009

Jason Straziuso, Robert H. Rei

"Taliban threats kept voter turnout low in the capital and the militant south Thursday as Afghans chose the next president for their deeply troubled country. Militants launched scattered rocket and bomb attacks but no major assaults. "Turnout, particularly in the violent south, will be key to the vote's success in the country's second direct presidential election. Taliban militants have pledged to disrupt the vote and circulated threats that those who cast ballots will be punished. "International officials have predicted an imperfect election, but expressed hope that Afghans would accept it as legitimate a key component of President Barack Obama's war strategy. "An Associated Press reporter who visited six polling centers in Kabul said he saw no lines at any of them. An AP reporter in Kandahar, the south's largest city and the Taliban spiritual birthplace, also said he saw few voters."

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"Turnout appears low as Afghans vote for president under Taliban threat; Karzai favored", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), août 2009. Consulté le 29/09/2020. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/turnout-appears-low-as-afghans-vote-for-president-under-taliban-threat-karzai-favored