Afghan President Hamid Karzai (R), U.S. Senator John Kerry (C) and United Nations Special Envoy to Afghanistan Kai Eide leave after a news conference in Kabul October 20, 2009. Karzai must face an election run-off against his main rival on Nov. 7, officials said on Tuesday, to resolve a disputed first round that plunged the country into months of political uncertainty. Karzai welcomed the ruling by the government-appointed Independent Election Commission (IEC) after hours of closed-door meetings with western diplomats and mounting international pressure to accept the need for a second round.REUTERS/Ahmad Masood
After countless charges of voting fraud and ballot rigging Afghan President Karzai has agreed to a Presidential runoff November 7th. With a substantial amount of ballots cast out due to voting fraud President Karzai’s vote count lowered his percentage below 50% which triggers a runoff between President Karzai and presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah. The legitimacy of the Afghan election three months ago has in many ways weakened the Afghan government which has been froth of accusations of ballot tampering and vote rigging. This has also hampered U.S. resolve on how to carry out the War In Afghanistan against the Taliban and Al Qaidi.
I just hope that steps are taken to make sure every aspect of the runoff is fair and legitimate and whoever wins has the support of the Afghan people. This is a great opportunity for the world to help Afghanistan carryout a legitimate runoff that will strengthen the fledgling Democracy that can provide legitimate governance and security to the people of Afghanistan.
Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah attends a gathering in Kabul. President Hamid Karzai will accept final results due later Tuesday from Afghanistan’s chaotic election, officials said after frantic Western lobbying to resolve two months of political paralysis.(AFP/File/Shah Marai
An Afghan man looks at a newspaper with the news about the election results at a market place in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009. U.N.-backed fraud investigators on Monday threw out nearly a third of President Hamid Karzai’s votes from the August election, undercutting his claim of victory and stepping up the pressure for him to accept a runoff.(AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)