Sixteen scratched from list of Afghan presidential candidates

Oct. 22, 2013 at 4:21 PM
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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.

Those eligible include a number of former ministers in the administration of outgoing president Hamid Karzai, Khaama Press reported Tuesday

The candidates include Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, the former chancellor of Kabul University and a former Afghan finance minister, and Abdullah Abdullah, the leader of the democratic opposition to Karzai.

Also eligible are former Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak, Hedayat Amin Arsala, the senior minister to Karzai; former Foreign Affairs Minister Zalmai Rassoul and former Gov. Gul Agha Sherzai.

The commission did not specify why the other 16 candidates did not qualify.

Some 2,395 candidates were found eligible to run in provincial council elections after 661 candidates were removed from the initial list, the commission said.

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