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Afghan presidential candidates commit to expedited vote audit

Afghan presidential candidates commit to expedited vote audit

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 8 (UPI) --Afghan's two presidential candidates recommitted Friday to a vote audit agreed to last month that has been slow-moving.
JC Finley
John Kerry in Kabul to meet with presidential candidates amid slowed vote audit

John Kerry in Kabul to meet with presidential candidates amid slowed vote audit

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 7 (UPI) --U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Kabul on Thursday to meet with Afghan leaders and presidential candidates Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani.
JC Finley
Afghan presidential audit resumes after brief suspension

Afghan presidential audit resumes after brief suspension

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 4 (UPI) --Afghanistan's presidential election audit resumed Sunday afternoon after a brief suspension.
JC Finley
Afghanistan to undertake presidential election audit before announcing victor

Afghanistan to undertake presidential election audit before announcing victor

KABUL, Afghanistan, July 14 (UPI) --Secretary of State John Kerry announced Saturday during his visit to Kabul that Afghanistan will undertake an audit of the presidential run-off votes.
JC Finley
John Kerry meets with Afghan presidential candidates in Kabul on political transition

John Kerry meets with Afghan presidential candidates in Kabul on political transition

KABUL, Afghanistan, July 11 (UPI) --U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Afghan presidential candidates Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani on Friday in Kabul.
JC Finley
Secretary Kerry arrives in Afghanistan to discuss political transition

Secretary Kerry arrives in Afghanistan to discuss political transition

KABUL, Afghanistan, July 10 (UPI) --U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Kabul early Friday to meet with Afghan leaders regarding the country's political transition.
JC Finley
Presidential candidate Abdullah challenges Afghanistan's preliminary election results

Presidential candidate Abdullah challenges Afghanistan's preliminary election results

KABUL, Afghanistan, July 8 (UPI) --Afghan presidential contender Abdullah Abdullah is challenging preliminary election results that show him lagging behind former Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani.
JC Finley
4 NATO soldiers among 16 killed in Afghanistan suicide bombing

4 NATO soldiers among 16 killed in Afghanistan suicide bombing

KABUL , Afghanistan, July 8 (UPI) --A suicide bombing in eastern Afghanistan killed 16 people Tuesday, including four NATO coalition soldiers.
Ed Adamczyk
Afghanistan's preliminary presidential election results show ex-Finance Minister Ghani in the lead

Afghanistan's preliminary presidential election results show ex-Finance Minister Ghani in the lead

KABUL, Afghanistan, July 7 (UPI) --Former Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani is ahead in the preliminary election results that will determine Afghanistan's next president.
JC Finley
Days after historic election, Afghan presidential candidate alleges election fraud

Days after historic election, Afghan presidential candidate alleges election fraud

KABUL, Afghanistan, June 18 (UPI) --Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah, concerned about election fraud, has called on the election commission to stop counting ballots.
JC Finley
Afghanistan prepares for presidential runoff

Afghanistan prepares for presidential runoff

KABUL, Afghanistan, June 13 (UPI) --Afghanistan's presidential runoff is on June 14, following an April 5 election in which none of the candidates secured enough votes to be declared victor.
JC Finley
Afghan presidential candidate survives assassination attempt

Afghan presidential candidate survives assassination attempt

KABUL, Afghanistan, June 6 (UPI) --Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah survived an assassination attempt Friday when his convoy was attacked at a campaign rally in Kabul.
JC Finley
NATO soldier killed in Afghanistan

NATO soldier killed in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan, June 2 (UPI) --A NATO soldier was among at least six people killed in separate attacks on Monday in Afghanistan.
JC Finley
Afghanistan's next president will be decided in June 14 runoff election

Afghanistan's next president will be decided in June 14 runoff election

KABUL, Afghanistan, May 15 (UPI) --Afghanistan's election commission announced Thursday that a runoff is necessary to determine the next president of Afghanistan. The runoff will be held June 14.
JC Finley
Former foreign minister frontrunner in Afghan presidential elections

Former foreign minister frontrunner in Afghan presidential elections

KABUL, Afghanistan, April 14 (UPI) -- Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission has named former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah as the frontrunner for the presidency.
JC Finley
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Afghanistan presidential candidate and former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah waves for his supporters during a gathering in Olympic stadium in Kabul, Afghanistan on August 17, 2009. Afghanistan's presidential election will be held on August 20. UPI/Mohammad Kheirkhah
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Abdullah Abdullah (Persian: عبدالله عبدالله) is an Afghan politician and a doctor of medicine. He was an adviser and friend to Ahmad Shah Massoud, legendary anti-Taliban leader and commander known as the "Lion of Panjshir". After the fall of the Taliban regime, Dr. Abdullah served as Afghanistan's Foreign Minister from 2001 until 2005. In 2009 Abdullah ran as an independent candidate in the Afghan presidential election and came in second place with 30.5% of the total votes. On November 1, 2009, Abdullah quit the runoff election that would have taken place six days later, on November 7, due to large-scale allegations of fraud against his opponent Hamid Karzai. In 2010 Abdullah created the Coalition for Change and Hope which is the leading democratic opposition movement in Afghanistan.

Abdullah was born in Kabul, Afghanistan in 1960. Until he became a government minister, he had only one name, Abdullah; demands from Western newspaper editors for a second name led him to adopt the name Abdullah Abdullah. Like most Afghans, he was raised in a devout Muslim family. Abdullah Abdullah is of mixed Tajik and Pashtun ethnicity. His father, Ghullam Muhayuddin Khan, was from the Kandahar region, and was a high ranking government official who had risen through the ranks. Abdullah's early years were split between living in Kandahar and Kabul, where his father was serving as an administrator in the land survey and subsequently the inspection section of the Prime Minister’s office. A number of his ancestors had worked in the court of the royal house of Afghanistan in past centuries.

Eventually, Abdullah’s family settled in Kabul where his father was appointed as a senator by King Zahir Shah. Abdullah’s father had a great impact on his son's life.

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