Karzai to Taliban: Please Vote

Afghan prez urges militants to participate in election, not attack it
By Jess Kilby,  Newser User
Posted Jun 27, 2009 4:51 AM CDT
Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai gestures during a press conference at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday June 17, 2009.    (AP Photo/Ahmad Massoud)
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(Newser) – The president of Afghanistan has urged members of the Taliban to vote at the polls instead of attacking them in the country’s upcoming election, AFP reports. Incumbent Hamid Karzai said in a press conference today the Taliban should "vote for the president they want" in the Aug. 20 election. The militants have not fielded any candidates for the race, and are warning Afghans not to vote.
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