Pt 2: Afghan Election - Afghanistan's citizens made their way to polling stations a week and a half ago, but the results are far from clear. According to the latest tallies, President Hamid Karzai is close to achieving 50 percent of the vote in Afghanistan. The number needed to avoid a runoff vote.
Today's summer guest host was Susan Ormiston.
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Afghan Election - Abdullah
Afghanistan's citizens made their way to polling stations a week and a half ago, but the results are far from clear. According to the latest tallies, President Hamid Karzai is close to achieving 50 percent of the vote in Afghanistan. The number needed to avoid a runoff vote.
As of Saturday, with a third of the ballots counted, Karzai was reported to have 46.2 percent of the vote. His closest challenger, Abdullah Abdullah, has 31.4 percent but both complain of fraud by their foe.
This morning we were joined by Hamid Karzai's main opponent, Abdullah Abdullah. He's an ophthalmologist who worked with the mujahedeen to resist Soviet and Taliban rule in the 1990s. After the Taliban were removed from power in 2001, Abdullah Abdullah was a key player in the new government. He served as President Hamid Karzai's foreign minister for five years. He was in Kabul.
Afghan Election - Gannon
As the fight over the election results continues, Kathy Gannon says it is unlikely that Afghanistan will change all that much ... no matter who wins. Kathy Gannon has spent 21 years covering Afghanistan and Pakistan for the Associated Press. She is also the author of I is for Infidel: From Holy War to Holy Terror. She was in Washington.