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Afghanistan elections postponed, raising concerns

Afghanistan officials on Thursday said they would postpone presidential elections until Aug. 20.

The president’s term is due to expire on the Roman calendar’s equivalent of May 22 and the the constitution states that elections must be held 30 to 60 days before the end of the term.

Opposition leaders questioned the legitimacy of Hamid Karzai's presidency for the period of the postponement, according to a New York Times report.

Karzai's popularity has waned due to widespread official corruption and widening insecurity, and lacks international support, but he has strongly hinted he will run for re-election.

http://www.globalpost.com/notebook/afghanistan/090129/afghanistan-elections-postponed-raising-concern