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Campaigning for Afghanistan's presidential election kicks off with rallies and billboards
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Sunday, February 2, 2014 2:14 AM EST
Campaigning is officially underway for Afghanistan's presidential election, with 11 candidates vying to succeed President Hamid Karzai.
The election faces many hurdles: allegations of vote-rigging marred the 2009 election and security is a major concern.
The specter of violence hangs over the campaign, with the Taliban vowing to disrupt the poll. On the eve of the campaign launch, two political workers were killed in western Afghanistan.
Early Saturday, Kabul was dotted with billboards and posters for the candidates.
Several political heavyweights — including Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani — held rallies to mark the campaign's first day.