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Democratization

Libya and Afghanistan: Elections without a social contract

Long queues at polling centres, happy voters waving inked fingers in front of cameras, and musings on how a new, better era was in store for Libya – sounds like Afghanistan 2004. Our guest blogger Ann Mac Dougall(*), who has worked in both countries, cannot help wondering whether Libya will follow the Afghan pattern from […]

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Afghanistan’s Draft Election Law: A Missed Opportunity to Enhance Transparency in Campaign Finance

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Bamdad, 4 July 2012 An election expert looks at the finance side of the draft new electoral law — a good addition to our blog on the issue.

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The IEC proposal to move to a mixed electoral system

Thomas Ruttig

Afghanistan’s IEC has proposed sweeping changes for a new electoral law. The draft has already been publicly debated with stakeholders, including parties and civil society, and is publicly accessible. We see two major points of proposed changes: first, the partial move away from the SNTV system and a bigger role for political parties in parliamentary […]

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Good Muslims, Bad Muslims? Solidarity Party Threatened by Ban (amended)

Thomas Ruttig

A small but vocal leftist political party has challenged the consensus about the ‘good jehad’, pointing to human rights violations of some of its leaders, and earned the ire of them. After initial calls for an immediate ban, the authorities have suspended the party’s activities, pending an investigation. How they will handle this case will […]

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Reading the Asia Foundation’s Afghan Voter Behavior Survey

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Registan (blog), 25 April 2012 Oliver Lough does something very useful: without dismissing it altogether, he looks at TAF’s polling in Afghanistan and puts his finger on the point which is valid for all polls in Afghanistan: ‘Just make sure to keep in mind, as you leaf through all of those pleasing percentages, of the […]

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A second Rabbani takes the helm at the High Peace Council

Gran Hewad

The competition for a successor to the late former president Burhanuddin Rabbani at the head of Afghanistan’s High Peace Council (HPC) is over: Rabbani’s eldest son Salahuddin has been appointed by President Karzai. But is this appointment a real attempt to get a peace process on track, or is it instead, simply an alliance-building manoeuvre […]

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Farewell to the Boss? Mujaddedi resigns

Thomas Ruttig

It is still not clear whether the resignation of Hazrat Sebghatullah Mujaddedi from all government positions last week was meant to be permanent, or a political manoeuvre planned to improve his chances in moving to lead the High Peace Council. Nevertheless, it is worth a closer look, argues Thomas Ruttig, Senior Analyst at AAN (with […]

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طرح تغییر نظام، عزم واقعی یا جنگ زرگری

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8 Sobh (Kabul), 25 January 2012 An unsigned article in the Kabul-based daily weighing the arguments and reasons of both the government and the opposition in the recent political brawl about decentralisation.

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Dresden, 30 November 2011: AAN at Kreuzkirche

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On Wednesday, 30 November (7.30 pm), AAN’s Co-Director Thomas Ruttig will speak about ‘Afghanistan: On the way to democracy or civil war’ (in German) as part of the series: ‘Dialog der Kulturen’. Host organisation: Ökumenisches Informationszentrum e.V. (ÖIZ) Venue: Mauersbergersaal, Haus an der Kreuzkirche, Dresden (Germany). Admission is free. More about ÖIZ here

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Under Atta’s Shadow: political life in the Afghan north

Enayat Najafizada

The collapse of the Taleban regime in 2001 paved the ground for the start of what had the potential to be a comparatively democratic political scene in Afghanistan. In due course, the existing jihadi parties and former communists in the northern province of Balkh slowly started to deal with the new situation. In the case […]

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A new result for the parliamentary election?

Martine van Bijlert

The Independent Election Commission (IEC) has finally announced its decision: the removal and replacement of nine parliamentarians (eight men and one woman).* This is far fewer than the 62 ordered by the Special Court (and confirmed by the Supreme Court in no uncertain language last week), but obviously more than the ‘no changes at all’ […]

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Responses to the President’s Ruling; Will the Opposition Hold?

Martine van Bijlert

The parliamentary stand-off is apparently nearing its end. Manawi, the head of the Independent Electoral Commission, is expected to announce a decision towards the end of the week – a responsibility that has been passed on from the Special Electoral Tribunal to the Kabul Appeals Court, back to the President, and now finally to the […]

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