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Afghan Parties Jockey For Power Ahead Of Presidential Vote

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Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1 September, 2013

In an article about the forthcoming elections in Afghanistan, Thomas Ruttig, co-director of the Afghanistan Analysts Network was quoted on the political alliances within Afghanistan; ‘[He] said there is little reason to believe the alliance will succeed in setting aside their differences and uniting under a common aim.

“There are too many strong figures in this coalition who will assume that they will be the No. 1 [candidate], and that will be the breaking point in the end,” Ruttig [sic] says. “There’s not yet this political culture in Afghanistan where people are ready to take a step back and say, ‘Okay, I’m not doing it and I’m not the No. 1 because it’s better for unity.'”