Afghanistan presidential election: polls close as large-scale violence avoided

Voters headed to the polls for what is regarded as a two-horse race between President Ashraf Ghani and rival Abdullah Abdullah

Insurgents worked to disrupt Afghanistan's presidential election on Saturday, with a series of blasts reported across the country as voters headed to the polls and troops flooded the streets of the capital.

The vote marks the culmination of a bloody election campaign that is seen as a two-horse race between President Ashraf Ghani and his bitter rival Abdullah Abdullah, the country's chief executive.

The Taliban, who unleashed a string of bombings during the two-month campaign, in recent days issued repeated warnings they intended to attack polling centres.

Updated: September 28, 2019 05:55 PM

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