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Kommentar Wahl in Afghanistan: Verlierer sind die Taliban

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Tageszeitung (Berlin), 7 April 2014

Op-ed commentary by AAN's Thomas Ruttig, saying that although the winner of the Afghan presidential election is not known yet, the losers are clear: the Taliban who were unable to make true on their threat to start spectacular actions to disrupt the elections. The election was one of defiance, mainly by the educated urban youth, many of whom posted photos of their middle finger blue from election ink. Now, Thomas writes, it is important that not only their votes are counted but also their voices are made count. Western democracy should help the Afghan youth by pushing the new president for the reforms the youth needs.  "Democracy happens between the elections", Thomas concludes, "and that is when Afghans may lose the attention again they just had once more on Election Day".


democracy Elections reform Youth