Afghanistan Set for Crucial Elections

afghan-election[1]With Saturday’s election looming, the Taliban has stepped up attacks and assassinations, pushing the country to levels of violence not seen since 2009.
The Afghan government is increasing security efforts to ensure the country’s 12 million registered voters can go the polls safely. Our correspondent, Sean Callebs, brings us more from Kabul.

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A former special US envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan says the international community, including China, has helped encourage a longterm peace in Afghanistan. We asked Ambassador Marc Grossman, who served as envoy from 2011 to 2012, what he thinks a “successful” Afghan election would look like.

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Meanwhile, neighboring countries are keeping a close eye on Afghanistan’s presidential election. China may play a key role in the country’s future following the withdrawal of troops from the U.S. and NATO. CCTV’s Sean Callebs asked the Chinese ambassador to Afghanistan, Deng Xijun, his thoughts on meetings with current Afghan president Hamid Karzai.
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