The Arizona Republic

Chaotic Afghan elections draw to a close after violence, chaos

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Afghanista­n’s first parliament­ary elections in eight years suffered from violence and chaos Saturday, with attacks killing at least 36 people, key election workers failing to show up and many polling stations staying open hours late to handle long lines.

Problems surroundin­g the elections – already three years overdue – threaten to compromise the credibilit­y of polls, which an independen­t monitor said were also marred by ballot stuffing and intimidati­on by armed men.

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