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2014 Elections

Runoff splits many influential political families

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Pajhwok Afghan News, 10 June 2014 The Karzais and the Massuds, the Gailainis, the Mojaddedis and late Haji Qader’s people, the Shahranis and even Pacha Khan Dzadran and his brother…

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Political horse trading grips Afghanistan before election run-off

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Reuters, 29 May 2014 “It’s a part of Afghan politics unfortunately, the current deal-making,” said Afghanistan Analyst Network researcher, Qayoom Suroush. “You don’t need to go to every each voter to convince them vote for you – you need to go to the elders, the tribal leaders and community leaders, and convince them to convince […]

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Observers predict fierce campaigns as Afghan runoff ballot gets started

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Stars and Stripes, 22 May 2014 AAN’s Martine van Bijlert with a preview on what could become problematic in the second round of Afghanistan’s presidential elections: Both Abdullah and Ghani had hoped to win an outright majority in the first round to avoid a run-off, but their main focus was on at least qualifying for […]

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A New Dawn for Afghanistan?

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The Diplomat, 19 May 2014 In an article looking at the mood in Afghanistan during election time, the author quotes AAN’s Martine van Bijlert: “I think what has happened in Afghanistan is remarkable but it fundamentally does not address the problems facing the country. You have to wait and see what happens when the whole […]

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2014 Elections (21): A closer look at the IECC’s performance and the challenges it faced

Qayoom Suroush

For the first time since elections were held in post-Taleban Afghanistan, the country’s Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) has held a series of open sessions addressing electoral complaints. The concept was, in principle, welcomed by independent observers, candidates’ agents and civil society, but the process itself was often confused and rushed and sometimes overly bureaucratic. […]

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2014 Elections (20): The Ashraf Ghani interview

Kate Clark

In the second of AAN’s interviews with the two remaining Afghan presidential candidates, Ashraf Ghani has challenged his rival, Dr Abdullah, to televised debates – after Abdullah told AAN he did not want any debates this time. Ghani also dared Abdullah’s running mate, the Hazara politician, Muhammad Muhaqeq, to discuss publically with him who has […]

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Afghanistan muss in die Stichwahl Ring frei für Runde Zwei

Thomas Ruttig

Tageszeitung (Berlin), 16 May 2014 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig summarises the outcome of the first round of voting in p Afghanistan’s presidential elections, pointing out that voters have started to not vote along ‘traditional’ ethnic patterns and that further surprises can be expcted in round 2.

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Elections 2014 (19): Final results’ timeline trumps transparency

Martine van Bijlert

This morning, on 15 May 2014, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced the final results of the first round of the presidential elections. Both frontrunners have since then publicly accepted the results, while still claiming that in a fair process they would have done better, and are readying themselves for the second round vote that […]

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Afghan Presidential Election Goes to Runoff

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Voice of America, 15 May 2014 In a report about the announcement of a necessary second round in the Afghan presidential election, AAN’s Kate Clark is quoted: Observers like Kate Clark of the Kabul-based Afghanistan Analysts Network hope voters will demonstrate the same kind of interest and excitement in the runoff. “If the Afghan people […]

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Outgoing Afghan leader not going anywhere, to U.S. chagrin

Thomas Ruttig

Reuters, 13 May 2014 In an article looking at the future of outgoing Afghan president Hamed Karzai, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted: Thomas Ruttig, co-director of independent research organization Afghanistan Analysts Network in Kabul, says Karzai has positioned himself well to stay in the political game. “Karzai successfully has worked with all major contenders for […]

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Afghaanse media negeerden aanslagen verkiezingsdag

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Radio 1 (Netherlands), 07 May 2014 The Dutch radio station discusses Afghan journalists’ decision not to report Taleban violence on Afghan election dsy. AAN’s Martine van Bijlert is quoted here (with audio stream): “In eerste instantie heeft het ministerie van Binnenlandse Zaken een heel laag aantal geweldsincidenten gegeven. Het ministerie van Defensie, om te laten zien […]

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Lull Prompts Question: What Are Taliban Up To?

Thomas Ruttig

New York Times, 28 April 2014 In an article trying to make sense of the Taleban’s relative inactivity on Afghan election day and after, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted: “They [the Taleban] want to be recognized as a legitimate party. Why else do they call themselves the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and not the Taliban […]

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