Afghan electoral authorities announced a final list of 11 candidates for the country's April 5 presidential election. Here's a look at all of them, including the three who have since withdrawn, leaving eight in the running.
Frud Bezhan is the regional desk editor for Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan in the Central Newsroom at RFE/RL. Previously, he was a correspondent and reported from Afghanistan, Kosovo, and Turkey. Prior to joining RFE/RL in 2012, he worked as a freelance journalist in Afghanistan and contributed to several Australian newspapers, including The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald.