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Afghanistan vote a new leader amid a wave of violence

United States could point to as a success the progress of democracy in one of the most violent countries in the world as he prepares to withdraw the bulk of its troops by the end of the year

Afghan presidential election ended Saturday with relief that the Taliban attacks were lower than feared elections that will lead to the first democratic transfer of power in a country ravaged by conflict for decades.

"I congratulate all Afghans by these historic and successful elections," said Secretary electoral Zia-ur-Rahman as he began counting. "The participation of people exceeded our expectations."

Given the mountainous terrain of Afghanistan, the results in the race to replace President Hamid Karzai could take six weeks to arrive. One of the eight candidates must achieve more than 50 percent of the vote to avoid a runoff against his nearest rival.

"I'm here to vote and have no fear of attacks," said Haji Ramazan while waiting at a polling station on a rainy Kabul. "It is my right and nobody can stop me."

United States could point to as a success the progress of democracy in one of the most violent countries in the world as he prepares to withdraw the bulk of its troops by the end of the year.

After spending 90,000 million dollars in aid and safety training since helping Afghan forces to overthrow the Taliban's strict Islamist regime in 2001, the U.S. support for the fight still in force in Afghanistan has been diluted.

traslation: Belén Zapata