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Lajiullah Azizi

Afghans vote again in final test as Taliban threats loom

KABUL: Polls closed in Afghanistan on Saturday after a mostly peaceful run-off to elect a successor to President Hamid Karzai, a decisive test of the country's ambitions to transfer power democratically for the first time in its tumultuous history. As most foreign troops leave by the end of 2014, whoever takes over from Karzai will inherit a troubled country plagued by an increasingly assertive Taliban insurgency and an economy crippled by corruption and the weak rule of law. The election pitted former anti-Taliban fighter…