[Kabul, November 1. Image via Getty.]

A girl is seen at the door step of her house in the old city of Kabul on November 1, 2009. Abdullah announced on November 1 that he was pulling out of this week's run-off presidential election in Afghanistan. 'The decision which I am going to announce was not an easy one. It was a decision that I have taken after wide-ranging consultations, with the people of Afghanistan, my supporters and influential leaders,' Abdullah told supporters. 'In protest against the misconduct of the government and the Independent Election Commission (IEC), I will not participate in the election,' he added. AFP PHOTO/ Nicolas ASFOURI (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)