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Afghans hail peaceful election, high turnout predicted

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Afghans celebrated a largely peaceful election on Saturday, as turnout exceeded predictions despite Taliban threats to disrupt the vote to choose President Hamid Karzai's successor. 

Afghan election observers watch counting process after a polling station was closed for voting in the northwestern city of Herat on April 5, 2014

Long queues of voters waited throughout the day outside many of the 6,400 polling centres before the prolonged process of counting began, with preliminary results not due until April 24.

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