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Afghanistan Rallies Ahead of Elections

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Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah and vice-presidential candidates Mohammed Mohaqiq and Mohammad Khan wave to their supporters during a campaign rally at a stadium in the northwestern city of Herat on April 1. AREF KARIMI / AFP - Getty Images

Afghanistan will vote on April 5 to choose a successor to President Hamid Karzai and to decide the make-up of 34 provincial councils in elections seen as a benchmark of progress since the Taliban were ousted from power in 2001.

In the photo above, Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah and vice-presidential candidates Mohammed Mohaqiq and Mohammad Khan wave to their supporters during a campaign rally at a stadium in Herat on Tuesday.

Image: Supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah ride motorcycles, as they lead convoy after arrival to attend election campaign in Herat
Supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah lead the convoy after his arrival at an election campaign rally in Herat province on Tuesday. ZOHRA BENSEMRA / Reuters
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An election worker stands on a stack of plastic boxes containing election material at a warehouse in Mazar-i-Sharif before it was sent to different polling stations around Balkh province in northern Afghanistan on Tuesday. FARSHAD USYAN / AFP - Getty Images
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Supporters of presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani cheer during an election campaign in Kabul on Tuesday. MOHAMMAD ISMAIL / Reuters