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Karzai’s Refusal to Sign Frustrates Afghans

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The Diplomat, 26 November 2013

The India-based diplomatic online journal discusses President Karzai’s refusal to heed the decision of the Consultative Loya Jirga to sign the US-Afghan BSA. Among others, it quotes AAN’s Obaid Ali:

“He points to the ‘contradiction between the Grand Assembly and Karzai.’ He told The Diplomat that ‘there is a clear contradiction between the President and the elders. The 50 committees of the council endorse the deal and its immediate signing but Karzai delays it. Perhaps a sign of his waning influence among the council members. I don’t think this was a successful Loya Jirga.’

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