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Where do we start? Afghan unity talks at early impasse

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Reuters, 6 August 2014

An article about the tug-of-war about the ‘national unity government’ agreed in principle but not detail between the two presidential contenders, brokered by US State Secretary John Kerry. AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted:

Thomas Ruttig, co-director of independent research organization Afghanistan Analysts Network in Kabul, said a new political culture had emerged since 2001.

“Government posts are seen as perks to which those who contribute to getting into power have a claim … and not so much as a mandate to work for the good of the nation,” he said.