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Afghanistan Loses Unifying Voice With Vice President’s Death

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Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 11 March 2014

In an obituary for deceased vice president Qasim Fahim, AAN's Thomas Ruttig is quoted as saying:

"There will be a hole in the political process around the election because Fahim's place [as leader of the ethnic Tajik minority] is empty, and now the question is who will fill it and how will it be filled… There has always been this competition for who is the leader of Jamiat-e-Islami and other similar groups." Ruttig says Fahim's possible successors include Qunus Qanuni, a former speaker of parliament, and Ahmad Zia Masud, the brother of the legendary anti-Soviet fighter Ahmad Shah Masud, who was killed in 2001.

[Actually I said “the Massud brothers” but that Zia Massud, as vice presidential candidate of Zalmai Rassul has the chance to obtain Fahim’s position and use it, as he had, to become a centre of power to which many people will gravitate.]

 

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