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17 Photos From Around Afghanistan As Presidential Election Gets Underway

An Afghan man fills his ballot before voting at a polling station in Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, April 5, 2014. Afghan voters lined up for blocks at polling stations nationwide on Saturday, defying a threat of violence by the Taliban to cast ballots in what promises to be the nation's first democratic transfer of power. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Afghanistan's presidential election got underway Saturday, with thousands of individuals flocking to polling stations to cast their vote for the country's next president.

The election will determine president Harmid Karzai's successor. Karazi, who is constitutionally prohibited from serving a third term, is the only leader the Middle Eastern country has seen since the Taliban were ousted from power.

According to the Associated Press, the turnout has been so high that some polling centers ran out of ballots.

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