Our View: Turnout at Afghan polls a win for democracy

Taliban threats of retribution don't deter vote for president

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For the first time in its history, Afghanistan appears poised for a democratic transfer of power. That is quite an accomplishment coming in the wake of 12 years of war and more than 40 years of upheaval, including invasions by the Soviet Union and the United States as well as a reign of terror by Taliban fundamentalists. Democracy, though fragile, appears to have taken root.