Elections Observed in Afghanistan and the US

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From the capital city of Kabul to villages so remote they're accessible only by donkeys, Afghan voters will have a chance tomorrow to elect a president. Interim President Hamid Karzai and 17 rivals, including one woman, are on the ballot. After threats of disruption by al Qaeda and the Taliban, there is very heavy security all over the country. Tomorrow's vote will be the most tangible test so far of the Bush administration's effort to bring democracy to the Muslim world. But the US itself is accused of trying to manipulate the process so that Karzai will be the winner. We hear about the prospects for free and fair elections in a culture dominated by warlords and threatened by terrorists, and look at recent reports that all is not well with the electoral process in the United States--despite more than 200 years of practice.
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