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Afghans say turnout high in presidential runoff

June 14, 2014
Associated Press

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan officials are estimating that the turnout in a presidential runoff was about 60 percent, and nearly 50 people have been killed in attacks nationwide.

Independent Election Commission Chairman Ahmad Yousuf Nouristani said more than 7 million Afghans voted in Saturday's election to choose a leader to replace Hamid Karzai. There were about 12 million eligible voters.

Interior Minister Mohammad Umar Daudzai also says dozens of people were killed, including 20 civilians, 15 army soldiers and 11 policemen, but the overall voting was largely peaceful.

The two men spoke at a news conference after polls closed.



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