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Herat Forms the Largest Rally for Dr. Abdullah and His Team

The people of Herat came in droves to the rally in support of Dr. Abdullah and his Reform and Partnership Team! The crowd easily formed the largest human gathering in the history of Afghanistan. One observer present in the crowd reported that the stadium was full to the capacity and tens of thousands were standing outside just listening. Dr. Abdullah himself mentioned in his speech that the fifteen kilometers from the airport to the stadium took two hours of drive because the rush of the crowd on the two sides of the road (reported to be in the tens of thousands) prevented his motorcade to move but at a very slow pace!

The turnout was outstanding in other ways too: The women of Herat showed up in large numbers in colorful attire, ready with songs and slogans. Even one young girl of 8 had a great song saying 'we are too young to vote but we support you.' The Heratis brought a cake with the Team's portrait on it - which the candidate cut!

Many different segments of the Afghan Society had come in and stood in sections: The teachers, students, experts, Mujaheddin, religious clerics, the handicapped and others.

Dr. Abdullah and his running mates in their speeches emphasized the importance of each person's vote and how we should all look out for fraud and report it wherever we encounter it.

TODAY'S WORD
Monitors Worry About Runoff Fraud
 

A number of Afghan election monitoring groups have warned that the runoff round of this year's presidential race could face increased fraud on the part of candidates so long as the Independent Election Commission (IEC) and the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) have staff members supporting one or the other candidate and engaging in fraud themselves. more......

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Regional Experts Develop Common Vision for Future Afghanistan
Around 60 regional multidisciplinary and leading experts and specialists from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, the Central Asian Republics, China, India, Russia and Turkey presented a common view on the future of Afghanistan in Kabul through the launch of the “Joint Declaration on Regional Peace and Stability.”click here..
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Meeting a Young Dr. Abdullah

 
It had been a long journey into the Hindu Kush mountains, starting in the Northwest of Pakistan in the summer of 1987. We began by secretly crossing the border into Afghanistan, trekking through Nuristan and finally making it over half a dozen 10,000-foot mountains to the Panjshir Valley. There, I   more......
 


Abdullah Abdullah Moves Toward Center of Afghan Power

 

KABUL, Afghanistan — AFTER decades roaming the margins of power — as a close aide to the revered resistance leader Ahmed Shah Massoud, as a foreign minister and later as Afghanistan’s perennial opposition leader — Abdullah Abdullah may finally be arriving at the center of it all.Since his electoral loss to President Hamid Karzai in 2009, Mr. Abdullah, who is of mixed Pashtun and Tajik ethnicity, has widened his political base, having used persuasion and energy to forge alliances built  more......

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Dr. Abdullah Abdullah: In His Own Words
 
I was born about fifty years ago in this house (pointing to his father’s house located in Kart-e-Parwan, Kabul). My father Ghulam Muhayuddin was from Kandahar province and my mother was from Panjshir. Before moving to Kart-e-Parwan my parents lived in the De Afghanan area of Kabul more......
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The Afghan Election  The Man Who Could Upset Karzai

In Afghanistan's presidential race, the top challenger to President Karzai is former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah

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