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Kerry hails 'historic' Afghanistan elections

Citizens take part in election campaign rally in Kandahar, Afghanistan, on April 2, 2014US Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday he hoped weekend presidential elections in Afghanistan would mark a “historic” democratic transition in the war-torn country. With the US still trying to firm its post-2014 military presence in Afghanistan after a drawdown later this year, Kerry said Saturday’s vote marked a “pivotal moment after more than a decade of sacrifice and struggle.” “When millions of Afghan men and women go to the polls on April 5 to choose a new president it could mark Afghanistan’s first democratic transition of power, and we all have a stake in seeing that milestone achieved,” Kerry in a statement. Afghans are to vote on a successor to outgoing leader Hamid Karzai, who has been at loggerheads with the United States over his refusal to endorse a Bilateral Security Agreement governing the terms of a US military deployment in Afghanistan after this year.

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