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Elections 2014 (52): The not yet officially announced results – electoral maths with unknowns

Thomas Ruttig

After over five months, Afghanistan has finally an election result … kind of. In a remarkable step, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced the winner of the run-off on 21 September 2014, but did not release the results – apparently one of Abdullah’s unbending conditions for reaching a final agreement on the national unity government. […]

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Karzai struggles against foreign detentions – state releases Taleban?

Kate Clark

In the last weeks of his presidency, President Hamed Karzai has again been trying to eradicate the last traces of foreign involvement in detentions, sending a commission to investigate the so-called Tor Jail, an American interrogation facility on Bagram airbase, and reactivating the Afghan Review Board, which had been sifting detainees transferred by the US […]

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Elections 2014 (51): Finally, a deal, but not yet democracy

Kate Clark

After more than three months of audits and behind-the-scenes negotiation, Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah signed a deal today to set up a government of national unity. The election ‘result’ was announced a couple of hours later, but the Independent Election Commission (IEC) declined to give any figures. It had been clear, all along, that […]

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Portraits of Ghani and Abdullah. Photo c/o Tolonews.

Elections 2014 (50): Experience with ‘governments of national unity’ elsewhere

Thomas Ruttig

In hindsight, it is difficult to find out who first had the idea of Afghanistan having a ‘government of national unity’ (GNU) as the way out of the Afghan electoral deadlock. Currently, however, it is promoted by almost all the international players and, at least in words – an agreement how to implement it is […]

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Discussions during the "special audit", while the candidates' agents were still present. Kabul, August 2014 Photo: Martine van Bijlert

Elections 2014 (46): Déjà vu – Abdullah pulls out, process continues

Martine van Bijlert

What has the Abdullah team been playing at, pulling out of the audit again? Hard to say – but it is a risky all-or-nothing gamble, writes Martine van Bijlert. She summarises what has been happening over the past week, looking at the candidates’ behaviour and possible motives behind their strategies, but also at the ‘progress’ […]

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Dr Abdullah and Dr Ghani signing their first bilateral agreement on 8 August 2014.

2014 Elections (43): The second installment of a Kerry-brokered agreement

Martine van Bijlert

US Secretary of State John Kerry made his second visit to Kabul in a month, in a repeated attempt to help Afghanistan finally arrive at an election outcome – preferably before the NATO summit in early September. The press conference at the end of his visit, together with both presidential candidates, was in many ways […]

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The full audit of the Afghan presidential run-off election has started. Photo: AAN

Elections 2014 (41): Audit started, rules as yet unclear

Kate Clark Qayoom Suroush

The audit of all of the votes cast in Afghanistan’s presidential election run-off has begun at the headquarters of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) on the outskirts of Kabul on 17 July. Thirty teams of IEC staff (to be raised eventually to one hundred) checked just one ballot box each, overseen by candidates’ agents, observers […]

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Almost iftar: IEC announces the long-awaited and still disputed preliminary result of the Afghan presidential election 2014, Picture c/o Pajhwok Afghan News

Elections 2014 (37): Preliminary results before agreement on auditing

Kate Clark

The Independent Elections Commission (IEC) has announced preliminary results for the presidential run-off, today, 7 July 2014. The ‘raw’ votes, (largely before fraud has been taken into account) give a turnout of almost 8 million, with Ashraf Ghani getting 56 per cent of the vote and Abdullah Abdullah 43 per cent. For the last few […]

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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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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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Endspurt im afghanischen Wahlkampf

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Deutsche Welle, 11 March 2014 In a look at the Afghan pre-election constellation after the Qayyum Karzai campaign joined that of Zalmai Rassul, AAN's Thomas Ruttig is quoted extensively, along other experts: On Dr Abdullah's capacity of mobilisarion: "Abdullahs political camp is dominated by a relatively large number of persons who all have claims for leadership […]

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