10 must-reads for today

Supporters of candidate Alhaj Amir Gull Shaheen riding bicycles with a campaign trailer along a street in Kabul on Monday.
Supporters of candidate Alhaj Amir Gull Shaheen riding bicycles with a campaign trailer along a street in Kabul on Monday.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

In a country which has been at war for decades, no fewer than 2,500 candidates - of whom a record 418 are women - are competing for the 249 seats in Afghanistan's Lower House of Parliament today.

Still, the elections may not ultimately be a convincing exercise in democracy.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 20, 2018, with the headline '10 must-reads for today'. Print Edition | Subscribe