AOP News 2009 Afghan
Presidential Election Coverage

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In Afghanistan, the President is the head of the executive branch. The President serves as the head of state and the Command-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Afghanistan. He or she is elected by receiving more than 50% of the votes cast through free, general, secret, and direct voting. If none of the candidates for President receive more than 50% of the votes in the first round, a run-off election is held within two weeks. In this round, only two candidates with the highest number of votes are allowed to participate. In the run-off, the candidate who gets the majority of the votes will be elected as the President. The President serves a 5-year term. The executive branch also includes two Vice Presidents and members of the cabinet. Cabinet Ministers are appointed by the President and approved by the National Assembly.

Presidential Results by Vote Order

*Final List of Candidates*
List of Registered Candidates


Major Candidates

News Reports and Opinion articles on the 2009 Afghan Presidential Election


Hamid Karzai


A. Abdullah


Ramazan Bashardost


Ashraf Ghani


Syed Jalal


Hedayat Amin Arsala


Shahla Atta


Abdul Salam Rocketi


Shahnawaz Tanai


Abdul Jabar Sabet


Mirwais Yasini


Muhammad Akbarbai


Abdul Latif Pedram

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