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New Afghan government must dispense with strongmen and cronies to give new generation a chance.
Zalmai Rassoul endorses frontrunner Abdullah Abdullah in June vote, after exiting race and leaving just two contenders.
The Afghan people's formidable show of support for the democratic process has been hijacked once again.
Eight ballot boxes were destroyed in the blast, which came as leading candidates voiced concerns about possible fraud.
The nation hasn't felt such euphoria since 1964 when the Afghan king declared the country a constitutional monarchy.
Outgoing leader calls poll a step towards peace, while US president congratulates nation for largely bloodless election.
Afghanistan voters are upbeat about their candidates and about positive changes for the war-torn country.
Isolated attacks reported across the country as 12 million voters pick a successor to Hamid Karzai.
John Wendle
The voting for the next Afghan president is an historic event.
Nearly two-thirds of Afghans are under the age of 25, and many seem engaged and somewhat optimistic.
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