International Desk | Sat,28 September 2019:
Voting is under way in Afghanistan’s presidential election, amid heavy security and threats from insurgents.
Tens of thousands of Afghan forces have been deployed across the country to counter Taliban militants who have vowed to target polling stations, reports BBC.
The twice-delayed vote is taking place after Taliban-US peace talks collapsed earlier this month.
The two main candidates are the incumbent, Ashraf Ghani, and chief executive, Abdullah Abdullah.
They have shared power since 2014.
Why does this election matter?
Afghanistan’s next president will lead a country devastated by four decades of war.
The conflict continues to kill thousands of people every year, drawing in forces from around the world.
Nearly two decades since the international community intervened, the US has been trying to negotiate an end to the conflict with the Taliban. The US currently has about 14,000 troops in Afghanistan, and there are thousands more from countries like the UK, Germany and Italy, there as part of a Nato mission to train, advise and assist the country’s security forces.
That should mean whoever is elected president in the fourth election since US-led troops ousted the Taliban in 2001 has a key role to play at a crucial moment in the country’s history.