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Rivals sign deal to form Afghan unity govt

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Reuters/ABC, Dawn and others, 9 August 2014

ANN’s Martine van Bijlert quotes commenting on the Kerry II agreement:

“The audit was at a point where you could fairly easily predict that it was going to break down again,” said Martine van Bijlert, co-director of the Afghanistan Analysts Network in Kabul, adding that Mr Kerry appeared reassured by the candidates’ promise to cooperate.

Whether they were likely to agree on a unity government by the end-August deadline, however, remained to be seen.

“It depends on how seriously they continue to take the audit, how contested the rules continue to be and whether they’ll be able to maintain a level of trust.”