Despite the fact the recent presidential elections in Afghanistan yielded no single winner because none of the candidates could secure 50 percent of the vote, the election is being considered as a success.
About 7 million people came to the polls — nearly 60 percent of the eligible voting population — after waiting hours in lines at the polls, and despite threats of violence from extremist groups.
NPR's Morning Edition co-host Renee Montagne has been frequently traveling to Afghanistan since 2011. She joins Here & Now's Robin Young to open her reporter's notebook about her latest trip to the country.
This segment aired on May 2, 2014.