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Afghanistan's Presidential Hopefuls

Afghan electoral authorities announced a final list of 11 candidates for the country's April 5 presidential election. Here's a look at all of them, including the three who have since withdrawn, leaving eight in the running.

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Frud Bezhan

Frud Bezhan covers Afghanistan and Pakistan, with a focus on politics, the Taliban insurgency, and human rights. He has reported from Afghanistan, Kosovo, and Turkey. Prior to joining RFE/RL in 2011, he worked as a freelance journalist in Afghanistan and contributed to several Australian newspapers, including The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald.