DAY 1: Akbar Ayazi, RFE/RL's regional director for Afghanistan and Pakistan, moderated the first presidential debate on February 15 (Saturday) between 1600 Afghanistan local time (UTC, 1130) and 1800 (UTC, 1330).
Islamist leader Qutbuddin Hilal, former Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak, former lawmaker Daud Sultanzoi and former Governor Gul Agha Sherzai participated in the debate.
DAY 2: Akbar Ayazi, RFE/RL's regional director for Afghanistan and Pakistan, is moderated the second presidential debate on February 16 (Sunday) from 1600 Afghanistan local time (UTC, 1130) to 1800 (UTC, 1330).
Former Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani, former senior presidential adviser Hedayat Amin Arsala and Prince Mohammad Nader Naim, grandson of former President Daud Khan's brother, participated in the second debate.
Naim: I am the youngest candidate. The youth will have a major role in our administration. We will dedicate 2.5 percent of our national budget for them.
Arsala: Poverty eradication, fighting graft and better governance will help in preventing the youth from joining extremists. The youth needs to think before voting for the future government. They should think about their own future and how it will be shaped by this election.
Ghani: We need to give the youth a greater role in governance. We need to train them for future leadership.
Akbar Ayazi -- Seventh Question: What will you do to prevent the youth from joining the Taliban?