Afghanistan election goes on despite war

Friday, August 21, 2009 | 3:28 p.m. CDT

Stuart Loory, Lee Hills Chair in Free-Press Studies, Missouri School of Journalism: The polls have closed in Afghanistan on a presidential election that pits the incumbent, President Hamid Karzai, against 41 contenders. In a country fractured by an insurgency, the outcome could mean the downfall of the Karzai government or at least a runoff election. The Taliban have objected to the vote, and there has been violence. Karzai was installed as president by the United States in 2001, and he was elected to the position in 2005. He has grown increasingly unpopular, partly because of corruption by his family members, his ties to the U.S., warlords have long run the country with little interest in democratic processes, and most importantly because of the resurgence of the Taliban who were forced from power in 2001. How did the voting go, and what do you think will be the impact despite whoever wins?