Monday, November 2, 2009

Karzai Declared Afghan President After Abdullah Drops Out

Now that Obama knows the outcome of the Afghanistan presidential election, does that mean he will make the decision on troop levels sooner? (via)

"Election officials declared Afghan President Hamid Karzai the winner of a new five-year term Monday, canceling a runoff election scheduled for Saturday just one day after Karzai's sole challenger quit the race. The decision ended weeks of political drift since a first presidential poll in August was found invalid because of massive fraud.
Nevertheless, the decision to install Karzai without a clear electoral mandate raised questions about the legitimacy of his future administration. And despite calls for calm by his rival, Abdullah Abdullah, there were fears that opposition supporters might cause violent disturbances.

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