- Title: Afghan women vote to choose a new president
- Date: 28th September 2019
- Summary: HERAT, AFGHANISTAN (SEPTEMBER 28, 2019) (REUTERS) WOMEN QUEUING OUTSIDE A POLLING STATION VARIOUS OF WOMEN WAITING TO VOTE (SOUNDBITE) (Dari) VOTER, FATEMA HAIDERI, SAYING: "I've come here to vote for our next president and I hope that our future president will pay more attention to women and youth." AFGHAN POLICEWOMAN CHECKING FEMALE VOTERS VARIOUS OF VOTERS IN QUEUE FEMALE VOTER BEING REGISTERED VOTER DIPPING FINGER UNTO INDELIBLE INK INKED FINGER MORE OF REGISTRATION VOTER PUTTING BALLOT INTO BOX (SOUNDBITE) (Dari) VOTER, MARYAM GHULAMI, SAYING: "In this peaceful environment, I have come to cast my vote and I want our future president to take positive steps for women, peace and security in the country." VARIOUS OF THE FEMALE VOTING
- Embargoed: 12th October 2019 08:11
- Keywords: presidential election security Ashraf Ghani Abdullah Abdullah Taliban
- Location: HERAT, AFGHANISTAN
- City: HERAT, AFGHANISTAN
- Country: Afghanistan
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting,Editors' Choice
- Reuters ID: LVA001AYKLCUF
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: EDITORS NOTE: PART QUALITY AS INCOMING
Women across Afghanistan made their way to polling stations on Saturday (September 28) to cast their votes for a new president.
Clutching their voter documents, they queued for security checks.
Fourteen candidates are registered but the race will likely come down to incumbent President Ashraf Ghani and his former deputy Abdullah Abdullah.
The winner will play a crucial role in the country's quest to end the war with the Taliban and the resumption of talks between the insurgents and the United States that were called off earlier this month.
The hardline group, which controls more of the country than at anytime since its regime was toppled in 2001, has threatened voters to stay away from the election or face dire consequences.
(Production: Jalil Ahmad, Sayed Hassib, Masako Iijima)
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