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Suicide Bomber Attacks NATO Convoy in Kabul

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Voice of America, 10 August 2014, and The Jewish Voice, 12 August 2014

In this article about the Kabul car bombing, a bridge is thrown to the issue of the ongoing post-election saga:

Kabul-based Afghanistan Analysts Network, which is observing the process closely, blames the slow pace on wrangling over a small numbers of contested votes, threats and even fist fights between candidate supporters.

Senior researcher at the Network, Kate Clark, tells VOA Afghanistan needs critical reforms in its electoral institutions to ensure future stability and to resolve political disputes locally rather than waiting for foreign interventions.

“It has gone on for the last several elections because there has been this lovely big international presence and valet ready to sort out problems,” said Clark. “But it cannot go on again. Next time ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) would not be available to carry ballot boxes. I doubt the US or the UN will be as heavily involved as they are this time. There needs to be a longer term solution.”