Men install a campaign banner of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah during the first day of the presidential election campaign in Kabul February 2, 2014.(REUTERS/Omar Sobhani)
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Campaigning officially opened Sunday in Afghanistan's presidential election, with 11 candidates vying to succeed President Hamid Karzai in polls seen as a crucial test of whether the country can ensure a stable political transition.If successful, the election will usher in the first handover from one elected president to another in Afghan history.Abdullah voiced support Sunday for Afghanistan entering into a security agreement with the U.S. that would allow a few thousand foreign forces to remain to train and equip Afghanistan's army and police, saying the country still needs outside support.Like many of the candidates, Ghani picked a running mate to appeal across Afghanistan's ethnic divides.
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