• UN lauds success of Afghan elections

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    UNITED NATIONS, United States: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon congratulated Afghans on Sunday (Monday in Manila) for the “momentous achievement” of their recent elections, calling for fairness and transparency as the lengthy counting process gets underway.

    Afghans braved the threat of Taliban attacks to vote in Saturday’s polls to elect a successor to President Ha- mid Karzai, the first democra- tic transition of power in the country.

    “The millions of women and men who cast their ballots are a testament to the courage and the commitment of Afghans to exercise their rights and shape their future,” said Ban.

    Their participation, despite threats and intimidation, “sent a powerful message that the perpetrators of violence cannot win,” the UN chief said.

    AFP

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