July 9, 2014

Afghanistan Needs Its Next President, and Soon

Rob Crilly, Daily Telegraph

The Associated Press

The US takes great pains not to be seen to interfere in other people's elections. In Afghanistan, any whiff of involvement is deeply toxic. Everyone remembers the 2009 poll and repeated allegations that American officials were manipulating the vote – allegations confirmed by Robert Gates's memoir this year, in which the former defence secretary said US diplomats tried to tilt the playing field to nudge Hamid Karzai from power. So it would have taken a lot to get Barack Obama to pick up the telephone and call Afghanistan's election candidates last night, warning them they would lose aid if they tried to seize power unconstitutionally.

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TAGGED: Hamid Karzai, Abdullah Abdullah, Afghanistan

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