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From Ex-Warlords to Scholars: Who Wants to Rule Afghanistan

Polished politicians are standing alongside notorious ex-jihadist warlords in Afghanistan's first democratic transfer of power on Saturday.
Image: Afghan presidential candidates debating.
Afghan presidential candidates(left to right) Abdullah Abdullah, Abdul Qayum Karzai, Abdul Rahim Wardak, Zalmai Rassoul and Ashraf Ghani take part in a debate at Tolo TV station in Kabul on Feb. 4, 2014. The five candidates participated in the first televised debate of the election campaign in Afghanistan, focused on security and politics, ahead of the April 5 vote. WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP - Getty Images