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Right and Justice Party launched, as ‘reformist opposition’

Thomas Ruttig

This is the most serious addition to Afghanistan’s political party scene since years: After 14 months of preparations and a two-day conference of its 420 founders on Tuesday and Wednesday, Hezb-e Haq wa Edalat (Right and Justice Party) officially ‘declared its existence’, as you do such things in Afghanistan, today, 3 November, in Kabul. With […]

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AAN In The Media – November 2011

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Vier Optionen – alle negativ Mannheimer Morgen, 30 November 2011 The German local newspaper, in an article describing Afghanistan’s situation before the Bonn 2 conference, summarises the four post-2014 options laid out in a joint paper earlier this year by AAN’s Thomas Ruttig and the SWP’s Citha Maaß. Pakistan boykottiert Bonn Neues Deutschland, 30 November […]

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Jamiat after Rabbani: The competition for the top job

Thomas Ruttig

The murder of Ustad Rabbani also made one of Afghanistan’s oldest parties, Jamiat-e Islami, leaderless. For more than three and half decades, the Ustad had stood at its top. His killing came as the party had started considering internal reforms. This process has now accelerated, pushed by the need to fill the party’s top vacancy. […]

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Nuristan in Fall

Fabrizio Foschini

After a tough start, Nuristan province has passed the summer without further serious traumas. Still, all the pre-existing concerns about an insurgent takeover of the whole province are still there, just probably postponed to next year depending on the early onset of winter. In order to prevent this from happening, it is high time to […]

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Afghan government blocks bribery probe, apparently to avoid prosecutions

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AP, 11 October 2011 Corruption case against former Kapisa governor has been dropped. NATO official adds: most of the approximately 2,000 cases investigated by the anti-corruption unit since its birth in 2009 have stalled; the 28 convictions so far have all been of minor players; the attorney general’s office has been infiltrated by power brokers, […]

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Law Support Coalition rejoins Parliament but fights on, Semin Barakzai still on hunger strike

Gran Hewad

While the Law Support Coalition (LSC) was discussing whether to end its boycott of the parliament sessions, excluded MP from Herat Semin Barakzai went on a hunger strike starting on 2 October 2011, demanding that her exclusion be reviewed and overturned. On 8 October 2011 the LSC returned to the house session to announce its […]

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The slow winding down of the Parliamentary crisis

Martine van Bijlert Gran Hewad

Over the last few days the number of MPs attending the plenary session has been slowly growing, while the Law Support Coalition has struggled to maintain coherence. Individual members are being peeled off, while even those determined to make a stand are questioning whether they should remain outside the session. A compromise seems to be […]

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AAN In The Media – October 2011

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Deadly Taliban Kabul attack highlights US reliance on private contractors Christian Science Monitor, 30 October 2011 After it transpired that there was a number of contractors among the victims of the 29 October suicide attack in Kabul, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig comments on the role of such contactors: ‘Information about this aspect of the war only […]

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Nine out, nine in: 240 in between

Fabrizio Foschini

Yesterday, at the beginning of the first parliamentary session after Eid holidays, the Wolesi Jirga shut its doors to the nine MPs who had been excluded by the Independent Electoral Commission, and part of it welcomed the nine newly declared winners instead. At the same time, part of the MPs protested (outside the Parliament) against […]

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AAN In The Media – September 2011

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An Afghan whodunnit The Guardian, 28 September 2011 Article quotes Kate Clark’s blog on the background of Wahidyar, the member of the High Peace Council who introduced Esmatullah, the assassin, to Rabbani. U.S. Consolidated Domination of Global Arms Market in 2010 IPS, 27 September 2011 The US held 50% of the total global arms market […]

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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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