Sean Carberry http://wvasfm.org en Afghan Election Numbers Come With A Warning: Results Not Final http://wvasfm.org/post/afghan-election-numbers-come-warning-results-not-final Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel. Today, Afghans are one step closer to knowing who their next president will be. More than three weeks after voters went to the polls, election officials announced that candidate Ashraf Ghani has a wide lead. But Ghani is not out of the woods yet. The election process now enters an appeals phase that is sure to be contentious before the final results are announced on July 24. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:53:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 51005 at http://wvasfm.org Preliminary Results Show Ghani Winning Afghan Presidency http://wvasfm.org/post/preliminary-results-show-ghani-winning-afghan-presidency Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Preliminary results are out for the run-off in Afghanistan's presidential elections. And the winner seems to be former World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani. His opponent, Abdullah Abdullah, was considered the front-runner after winning 45 percent of the vote in the first round back in April. Now Ashraf Ghani appears to be winning with almost a million more votes than Abdullah. NPR's Sean Carberry joins us from Kabul. Good morning.<p>SEAN CARBERRY, BYLINE: Hi, Renee.<p>MONTAGNE: Hi. And there's a little bit of a delay here. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 16:17:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 50978 at http://wvasfm.org Afghanistan's Slow-Motion Election Strains A Fragile Country http://wvasfm.org/post/afghanistans-slow-motion-election-strains-fragile-country The 2000 U.S. presidential election between George Bush and Al Gore went down to the wire, involved close scrutiny of the ballots and took weeks to sort out. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 07:39:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 50726 at http://wvasfm.org Afghanistan's Slow-Motion Election Strains A Fragile Country Before Votes Are Fully Counted, Fraud Claims Roil Afghan Election http://wvasfm.org/post/votes-are-fully-counted-fraud-claims-roil-afghan-election It was not long before the legitimacy of Afghanistan's presidential election was called into question. Within hours of polls' close, candidate Abdullah Abdullah claimed the vote was rigged in favor of his opponent, Ashraf Ghani. Abdullah has suspended his cooperation with elections commissions and called for a halt to vote counting. His claims of fraud — engineered by former President Hamid Karzai, he says — set the stage for an impending political crisis. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 20:12:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 50035 at http://wvasfm.org In A First, Afghanistan Is Set To Change Leaders At The Ballot Box http://wvasfm.org/post/first-afghanistan-set-change-leaders-ballot-box Afghanistan is about to get a new leader for the first time since the Taliban were driven out in 2001 and replaced by the current president, Hamid Karzai.<p>Saturday's presidential runoff will be a historic event in Afghanistan, marking the first time in the country's long and often painful history that power has changed hands through the ballot box.<p>Karzai is barred from running again, and the only two names on the ballot will be Abdullah Abdullah, an ophthalmologist and former foreign minister, and Ashraf Ghani, a former finance minister and World Bank official.<p>The official campaign per Fri, 13 Jun 2014 14:33:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 49687 at http://wvasfm.org In A First, Afghanistan Is Set To Change Leaders At The Ballot Box Afghans Must Pass Anti-Money Laundering Law Or Face Blacklist http://wvasfm.org/post/afghans-must-pass-anti-money-laundering-law-or-face-blacklist Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>OK, several important dates to follow in Afghanistan this month. On June 14, Afghans will vote in a runoff election to choose their next president. And about a week later is a deadline for Afghanistan to enact new laws against money laundering and terrorism financing. If the government misses the deadline, Afghanistan will be placed on a blacklist by the Financial Action Task Force, an international agency made up of the world's strongest economies. That could have devastating consequences for a fragile economy. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 09:19:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 49224 at http://wvasfm.org Initial Afghan Elections Went Well, But Worries Rise For Round Two http://wvasfm.org/post/initial-afghan-elections-went-well-worries-rise-round-two Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>In Afghanistan, campaigning is underway for that country's presidential runoff election. Two candidates are competing to succeed President Hamid Karzai. And the vote is set for June 14. The first round was largely considered a success - with less violence and fraud than expected. And voter turnout exceeded expectations. Thu, 29 May 2014 20:27:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 48906 at http://wvasfm.org In Afghan Spring, Violence Rises — But So Do Recruiting Numbers http://wvasfm.org/post/afghan-spring-violence-rises-so-do-recruiting-numbers Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Last year, for the first time, Afghan forces took charge of their country's security. They generally held their ground but suffered record casualties. Despite that, NPR's Sean Carberry reports plenty of men are lining up to join the army.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF TRAFFIC)<p>SEAN CARBERRY, BYLINE: For many young Afghans, the process begins here, at the gate outside a recruiting center like this one in the Darul Aman section of Kabul. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 47264 at http://wvasfm.org British Marine's New Mission: Save All Of Kabul's Street Animals http://wvasfm.org/post/british-marines-new-mission-save-all-kabuls-street-animals Joey's silky gold hair gleams in the afternoon sun. The big bundle of energy loves to cuddle. He also looks like he could lose a few pounds.<p>This herding dog is one of the many survival stories here at the Kabul shelter and clinic called <a href="http://www.nowzad.com/" target="_blank">Nowzad Dogs</a>. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 07:27:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 46741 at http://wvasfm.org British Marine's New Mission: Save All Of Kabul's Street Animals Afghans Vote In Large Numbers Despite Risks http://wvasfm.org/post/afghgans-vote-large-numbers-despite-risks After a campaign marred by violence, Afghans voted Saturday in presidential elections for what's to be the first ever democratic transfer of power. Results are not expected for some time. Sat, 05 Apr 2014 11:42:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 45867 at http://wvasfm.org