Voting begins in Afghanistan's presidential election run-off

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Posted: Jun 13, 2014 11:10 PM

KABUL (Reuters) - The final round in Afghanistan's presidential election began at 7 a.m. (10.30 p.m. ET) on Saturday as voters headed for the polls to pick a successor to President Hamid Karzai who has been in power since the U.S.-led invasion ousted the Taliban in 2001.

The vote pits former anti-Taliban fighter Abdullah Abdullah against ex-World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani after neither secured the 50 percent majority needed to win outright in the first round on April 5.

(Reporting by Jessica Donati; Editing by Robert Birsel)