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Tony Cross
Abdullah Abdullah supporters at a rally in Kabul
18/03/2014 - Afghanistan presidential election 2014

Afghan presidential election 2014 - the big issues

Whoever wins Afghanistan's 2014 presidential election will have more problems to solve than the average president.
Hedayat Amin Arsala
17/03/2014 - Afghanistan presidential election 2014 - the candidates

Hedayat Amin Arsala - the technocrat outsider

Hedayat Amin Arsala, 71, a Pashtun from Kabul, is a former World Bank official, foreign affairs minister 1992-1995, vice-president 2002-2004 and senior minister 2004-2013.

Qutbuddin Hilal
17/03/2014 - Afghanistan presidential election 2014 - the candidates

Qutbuddin Hilal - Hekmatyar's man on ballot paper

Qutbuddin Hilal, 61, was a member of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar's Hezb-e-Islami (HIA) during the Soviet occupation.

Abdulrab Rasul Sayyaf
17/03/2014 - Afghanistan presidential election 2014 - the candidates

Abdulrab Rasul Sayyaf - man who brought bin Laden to Afghanistan

Abdulrab Rasul Sayyaf, 68, a former anti-Soviet mojahedin, leads the Dawat party and is an MP for Kabul.

Gul Agha Sherzai
17/03/2014 - Afghanistan presidential election 2014 - the candidates

Gul Agha Sherzai - candidate with controversial past

Gul Agha Sherzai, 58, a Pashtun from the Barakzai tribe, he was born Mohammad Shafiq, became rich as a mujahedin commander fighting the Soviet occupation and has been dogged by accusations of ...
Sardar Muhammad Nadir Naeem
17/03/2014 - Afghanistan presidential election 2014 - the candidates

Sardar Muhammad Nadir Naeem - king's grandson withdraws

Sardar Muhammad Nadir Naeem, 58, is a grandson of the former king, Mohammed Daoud Khan, a Pashtun of the Barakzai dynasty.

Zalmai Rassoul
17/03/2014 - Afghanistan presidential election 2014 - the candidates

Zalmai Rassoul - the cosmopolitan candidate

Zalmai Rassoul, 70, former head of National Security Council, resigned foreign affairs minister to run.
Mohammad Daud Sultanzoy
17/03/2014 - Afghanistan presidential election 2014 - the candidates

Mohammad Daud Sultanzoy - talks show host picks political fight

Mohammad Daud Sultanzoy, 61, is a Pahstun from the Ghilzai tribe. A former pilot and TV talk-show host, he was an MP for Ghazni province in 2005.

Ahraf Ghani
17/03/2014 - Afghanistan presidential election 2014 - the candidates

Ashraf Ghani - technocrat with warlord running mate

Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, 60, a Pashtun from Logar province, came fourth in 2009 with just three per cent of the votes.
Abdullah Abdullah signs the register of 2014 presidential candidates
17/03/2014 - Afghanistan presidential election 2014 - the candidates

Abdullah Abdullah - 2009 runner-up back in fray

Abdullah Abdullah, 54, was the runner-up in the 2009 presidential election with 30.5 per cent of the votes. After alleging fraud he bowed out of the race, thus avoiding a second round.
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