August 30, 2014

The Karzai Coup and Kerry's Failed Recount

Ioannis Koskinas, Foreign Policy

The Associated Press

Afghan President Hamid Karzai wants this year's election results to be announced by the end of the month. Karzai's spokesman, Aimal Faizi, told reporters on Thursday that: "President Karzai is truly in a hurry for a quick conclusion of the election process.... He has already done his packing." While many Afghans and the international community would be happy to see Karzai leave office at the earliest opportunity, it is highly unlikely that we will see his successor take the oath of office within a week. For starters, a U.N. press release stated that in a discussion with Karzai earlier this week, "Jan Kubis [the U.N.'s chief of mission in Afghanistan] said that a rigorous and credible audit required time, but could be completed around 10 September." Then, even if Karzai accommodates...

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