Status of Afghan Elections

Via the BBC:  Afghan poll: Abdullah slightly ahead as count continues

Partial results from the Afghan presidential vote show former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah slightly ahead of Ashraf Ghani.

With about 500,000 votes in 26 provinces counted, Dr Abdullah has 41.9% with Mr Ghani on 37.6%.


The partial results gave another main contender and former Foreign Minister, Zalmai Rassoul, who is believed to be President Hamid Karzai’s preferred successor, 9.8% of the vote.

The full first count is scheduled to be released on April 24th.  If a runoff is needed, and this seems a certainty, will be in May.

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  1. walt moffett says:

    According to what looks like his party’s website, he is willing to sign a status of forces agreement with us. Which, will make the big bug out problematic.