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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

Gran Hewad Martine van Bijlert

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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How to Read the Presidential Ruling

Martine van Bijlert

On Wednesday morning, 10 August 2011, the Palace issued presidential ruling no. 3607 “Regarding the settlement of the 1389 electoral dispute”. It is a remarkably complicated and opaque legal text, which has led to a wide variety of conflicting interpretations. The confusing language and the silence on the side of the palace on what it […]

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AAN In The Media – August 2011

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Mullah Omar: Fine, I Didn’t Want to Run Afghanistan Anyway Registan.com, 30 August 2011 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted in a Registan blog (not accessible from Afghanistan) on Mullah Omar’s Eid message, observing as of particular note the softer line toward the Kabul government and suggestion that the Taliban doesn’t seek to monopolize power. Report: […]

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Parliament Odyssey: A special appeal court to replace the Special Court?

Gran Hewad

The Wolesi Jirga should have gone into its summer recess and, by now, come back again. But it delayed the recess, so that MPs could stand against the decision on 26 June by the Special Court to exclude 62 MPs whose legitimacy it questioned. Two of the 62 have appealed to the Special Court’s appeal […]

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Guest Blog: Principles Sold-out – A Farewell to Afghanistan

Jan Malekzade

The 2002 Emergency Loya Jirga was more representative then anything seen in Afghanistan in the previous 25 years, writes our guest blogger, but it was sold out to the warlords for a cheap political compromise, argues our guest blogger Jan Malekzade*. Looking back at two stints with the UN, he says farewell to Afghanistan. Afghanistan’s […]

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