Landmark Elections in Afghanistan
We are truly witnessing history in the making
KABUL, Afghanistan – Afghans chose a legislature for the first time in decades on Sunday, embracing their newly recovered democratic rights and braving threats of militant attacks to cast votes in schools, tents and mosques.
Reports of violence came in from around the country as it sought to claw its way back from a quarter-century of conflict. But there were no signs of a spectacular attack by Taliban militants who had vowed to disrupt the vote.
“We are making history,” President Hamid Karzai said as he cast his ballot. “It’s the day of self-determination for the Afghan people. After 30 years of wars, interventions, occupations and misery, today Afghanistan is moving forward, making an economy, making political institutions.”
Women try to push their way inside a polling station at a Mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2005.
Women line up to vote at a polling station in a mosque in Kabul
An Afghan man shows the ink on his finger as he prepares to cast his ballot for the parliamentary elections in Herat September 18, 2005.