Photographs: Afghanistan: Presidential Campaign
Dr. Abdullah Abdullah was Karzai's most powerful rival in the 2009 Afghan Presidential elections, the second since US led forces ousted the Taliban in late 2001. Abdullah came in second place with 30.5% of the total votes. After a lengthy investigation into allegations of wide spread fraud in favor of Karzai, intense international political pressure forced a second round. Abdullah withdrew from the runoff, citing his lack of faith in Karzai government's ability to hold a "fair and transparent" election, leading the Afghan Electoral Commission to declare Karzai the winner.