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  1. July 13, 2014

    Afghan presidential rivals agree to full recount of vote

    Afghanistan has stepped back from an escalating crisis over its disputed election as the two rivals for the presidency...

  2. July 11, 2014

    Kerry faces weekend of frantic diplomacy as crises multiply

    US secretary of state John Kerry has embarked on a frenetic long weekend of personal diplomacy to try to salvage two of the...

  1. July 11, 2014

    US looks to cool Afghanistan poll tensions

    The US has launched an urgent effort to stop Afghanistan’s disputed presidential election disintegrating into a conflict...

  2. FT Photo Diary

    July 8, 2014

    Karzai's portrait comes down

    Omar Sobhani/Reuters Supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah take down a large portrait of Afghan...

  3. beyondbrics

    July 7, 2014

    New York morning espresso

    ** FT News ** * Afghanistan’s election put in peril | Abdullah Abdullah, one of the candidates, is threatening to reject...

  4. July 7, 2014

    Afghan election dispute mounts

    Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai led the preliminary vote in Afghanistan’s disputed presidential election on Monday, but his rival’s...

  5. FT Photo Diary

    June 27, 2014

    Supporting Abdullah Abdullah

    Rahmat Gul/AP Supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah chant slogans during a protest in Kabul,...

  6. June 23, 2014

    Afghan official quits over poll allegations

    Afghanistan’s presidential poll took another twist on Monday after a senior election official quit over fraud allegations by...

  7. June 18, 2014

    Afghan election candidate calls foul on ballot

    Afghanistan’s landmark presidential election was veering off the rails on Wednesday after one of the two candidates in the...

  8. June 14, 2014

    Afghans ignore Taliban threats and vote again in final test

    KABUL, June 14 – Polls closed in Afghanistan on Saturday after a mostly peaceful run-off to elect a successor to President...

  9. FT Photo Diary

    June 6, 2014

    Abdullah Abdullah assassination attempt

    Majid Saeed/Getty People look down at the site of a suicide attack that struck the convoy of presidential candidate Abdullah...

  10. May 27, 2014

    US to withdraw from Afghanistan by 2016

    The US will withdraw all troops from Afghanistan in 2016 after maintaining a military presence in the country for the next...

  11. May 5, 2014

    Afghanistan: Moscow brings back the memories

    The Russians are returning to Afghanistan. A quarter of a century after the end of the Soviet occupation, Moscow wants...

  12. April 21, 2014

    Fraud fears grow in Afghan poll count

    Fears of fraud are casting a lengthening shadow over Afghanistan’s landmark elections as half the votes are yet to be...

  13. April 20, 2014

    Abdullah Abdullah extends lead in Afghan poll

    Former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah’s lead in the Afghan presidential race has widened, the latest official tally...

  14. April 14, 2014

    Vote count hints at run-off in Afghan presidential poll

    Afghanistan’s presidential election was hardening into a two horse race on Monday, after two of the three former senior...

  15. April 4, 2014

    Discord grows as voters struggle to make their mark in Afghan poll

    Afghanistan prepares to vote Mohammed Reza went to register this week for Afghanistan’s historic presidential election – but...

  16. April 3, 2014

    Afghanistan: Into the unknown

    The spring blossoms beginning to flourish beneath the snow-capped peaks flanking the Panjshir valley in Afghanistan cannot...

  17. FT Photo Diary

    April 2, 2014

    Face of support for Afghanistan elections

    Ahmad Masood/Reuters A supporter of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah attends the final day of election...

  18. April 1, 2014

    Abdullah seeks to tap into Afghanistan’s poll passion

    Abdullah Abdullah and his entourage emerged from Herat airport and set off for their latest campaign stop by driving...

  19. FT Photo Diary

    April 1, 2014

    Abdullah Abdullah campaigns in Afghanistan

    Hoshang Hashimi/AP Girls wave flags at a campaign rally for Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah, in Herat. The...

  20. FT Photo Diary

    March 5, 2014

    Afghan presidential election campaign candidate

    Massoud Hossaini/AP Supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah throw shredded paper on his head as they...

  21. October 6, 2013

    Warlords and politicians vie to lead Afghanistan

    Afghanistan presidential election A slew of senior politicians signed up on Sunday as candidates for Afghanistan’s...

  22. January 26, 2011

    Karzai points to ‘foreign interference’

    Afghan president Hamid Karzai opened the session of parliament on Wednesday with a speech claiming that unnamed foreigners –...

  23. November 24, 2010

    Afghans launch new poll probe

    Afghanistan’s attorney-general has announced a new investigation into allegations of fraud at parliamentary polls, throwing...

  24. April 19, 2010

    Afghan president under fire over electoral reforms

    Afghan opposition leaders warned yesterday that electoral reforms agreed by Hamid Karzai and the west were insufficient to...

  25. April 18, 2010

    Karzai under fire over poll reform

    Afghan opposition leaders gave warning on Sunday that electoral reforms agreed by President Hamid Karzai and the west were...

  26. April 17, 2010

    Karzai names new election official

    Hamid Karzai, Afghanistan’s president, named a new election commission chairman on Saturday after bowing to Western pressure...

  27. February 24, 2010

    Karzai gains control of poll watchdog

    Western diplomats fear a decree signed by Hamid Karzai, Afghanistan's president, granting him control of an independent...

  28. February 10, 2010

    Changing momentum

    >DP: But there is increasing talk now about actually talking to the Taliban and negotiating with them. Outsiders’...

  29. January 29, 2010

    Video: Abdullah backs Obama’s troop surge

    FT Davos 2010 video – In this FT video, Dr Abdullah Abdullah, former foreign minister of Afghanistan, says he backs US...

  30. November 5, 2009

    Abdullah pledge on Afghan reform

    Afghanistan's main opposition leader pledged yesterday to pursue his reform agenda from outside the government in spite of...

  31. November 4, 2009

    Abdullah to work for reform outside system

    Afghanistan’s main opposition leader pledged on Wednesday to pursue his reform agenda from outside the government in spite...

  32. November 4, 2009

    Karzai vows to beat corruption

    President Hamid Karzai pledged yesterday to fight corruption and reach out to his Taliban opponents as he faced heavy US...

  33. November 3, 2009

    Karzai’s legitimacy still in question

    It was always unclear whether the decision to call a second round in the rigged election in Afghanistan would lend any...

  34. November 3, 2009

    Karzai vows to beat corruption

    President Hamid Karzai pledged on Tuesday to fight corruption and reach out to his Taliban opponents as he faced heavy US...

  35. November 3, 2009

    Karzai declared winner of election

    Hamid Karzai was declared the winner of Afghanistan's presidential elections yesterday, ending a political crisis sparked...

  36. November 3, 2009

    Karzai declared winner of election

    Hamid Karzai was declared the winner of Afghanistan's presidential elections yesterday, ending a political crisis sparked...

  37. November 3, 2009

    Karzai declared winner of election

    Hamid Karzai was declared the winner of Afghanistan's presidential elections yesterday, ending a political crisis sparked...

  38. November 2, 2009

    Questions over Karzai’s legitimacy remain

    A second-round in Afghanistan’s presidential election was always a ballot too far. So Monday’s decision by the Independent...

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