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Interim President Hamid Karzai Wins Afghanistan's First Direct Presidential Election

"Karzai is the winner," declared Sultan Baheen of Afghanistan's Joint Electoral Management Body, 3 1/2 weeks after the momentous elections on October 9TH, 2004. The results of Afghanistan's first presidential election will be officially made in a public ceremony today at 3:00 pm in Kabul. Karzai will be declared as the winner of a five-year term as the country's first directly elected leader, winning 55.4 percent of the votes, 39 points higher than his primary opponent, Younus Qanooni.

Afghan Vice Presidential Candidate Survives Assassination Attempt

To the family of Ahmad Zia Masood, it must have seemed like deva vu. Three years ago, on September 10, 2001, Osama Bin Laden's followers, posing as journalists, assassinated the leader of the Afghan Northern Alliance, Ahmed Shah Masood.

A day later, Bin Laden's terrorists attacked the US, sending planes into the twin towers of the World Trade Center, and the Pentagon.

Now, just over three years later, his younger brother, Ahmad Zia Masood, survived an assassination attempt today in Afghanistan.

Ahmad Zia Masood was chosen as the vice presidential running mate of Afghan President Hamed Karzai.

An increase in violence in Afghanistan is expected as the date of the Afghan elections approaches.


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