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AAN in the Media

Afghan Candidates Jockey For Position Ahead Of Expected Second Round

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Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 10 April 2014

Regarding speculations about a power-sharing deal between Afghan presidential candidates before or after a likely second round of elections, AAN's Martine van Bijlert is quoted:

Martine van Bijlert, co-director of the Afghanistan Analysts Network, an independent research organization in Kabul, notes that all kinds of scenarios are possible.

"A deal to avoid a second round would not be according to the procedures, but they could improvise it," she says. "It wouldn't necessarily be illegal and if everybody agreed to it, it could happen."

Van Bijlert says part of the reason candidates might not want a second round is because they do not want to leave the outcome up to the whim of voters and the vagaries of a fledgling democratic process. She says there is also reluctance for a second round because of the instability it could cause and the high cost it would entail.


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