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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.
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Two killed on first day of Afghan presidential campaign

KABUL, Afghanistan, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Two campaign workers were killed this weekend on the first official day of the presidential race in Afghanistan, officials said.

Sixteen scratched from list of Afghan presidential candidates

KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Only 10 of 26 candidates have been found eligible to run in Afghanistan's presidential elections in 2014, say officials with the country's election commission.

Candidate registration begins for 2014 Afghan presidential election

KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- The independent election commission of Afghanistan began the candidate registration process Monday for next year's presidential election, officials said.

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Afghanistan calls for election support

KABUL, Afghanistan, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- The United Nations said it was responding to a request from the Afghan Independent Election Commission for assistance.

Abdullah: Trusting Karzai No. 1 mistake

WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Of the many mistakes made in Afghanistan, one of the first was to let Afghan President Hamid Karzai ensure the fate of the nation, a former official said.

Afghan government, Taliban in talks

PARIS, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Leaders of Afghanistan's competing factions, including the Taliban, are having informal talks outside Paris in an effort to end the Afghan war, officials said.

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Karzai criticizes voter fraud measure

Karzai criticizes voter fraud measure

KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai said the inclusion of foreign experts on an elections fraud committee "is a violation of Afghanistan's national sovereignty."

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Rabbani slaying no deterrent, Clinton says

Rabbani slaying no deterrent, Clinton says

WASHINGTON, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Washington is sure the Afghan people won't be swayed from pursing a peaceful future despite the killing of a former president, the U.S. secretary of state said.
Rabbani killing a blow to peace process

Rabbani killing a blow to peace process

KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- The killing of a former Afghan president just after the U.S. Embassy attack in Kabul points to the extent of opposition to Afghan peace efforts, experts said.
Abdullah: Expect more marches

Abdullah: Expect more marches

BEIRUT, Lebanon, May 27 (UPI) -- Abdullah Abdullah, Palestine's ambassador to Lebanon, says Palestinians could more frequently march to Israel's borders to emphasize their right to return.
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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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