November 3, 2012

Afghanistan's Shocking Invitation to the Taliban

Gulf News, Gulf News

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It would be a disaster if Afghanistan’s fledgling democracy was to be derailed at this stage by an attempt by Karzai to fabricate laws to seek a third term or to alter the electoral system in some way to favour his supporters. The last election in 2009 was marred by serious allegations of fraud and the country was only saved from serious violence by the challenger stepping down from the second round run-off.

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