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Afghan Runoff Campaign Starts Amid Fear and Hope

The two frontrunners in Afghanistan’s presidential election will start political campaigning on Thursday in their final bid to succeed President Hamid Karzai.   Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, a former Afghan foreign minister and anti-Taliban figure who won 45 percent of votes in the inconclusive first round, and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, a former John Hopkins University lecturer who secured 31.56 percent, are competing in the runoff. Each of the two presidential hopefuls has two running mates,...

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