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Parliament Crisis: Impeachment and Other Threats

Thomas Ruttig

Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission (IEC) which had seen its final result for the 18 September election undermined by series of manoeuvres culminating in the establishment of the Special Election Court, has re-entered the arena. Trying to solve the months-long parliamentary crisis, it has submitted a proposal that intends to cut through the Gordian knot – […]

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AAN In The Media – July 2011

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Kabul’s economy leaves poor in the dark Sydney Morning Herald, 30 July 2011 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted here on expected post´2014 effects, on security and the economy. On the former, he quotes an Afghan friend: ‘”The day the West stops paying for the Afghan army and the Afghan police, the next day there is […]

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An Elected Local Council Finds Democracy Tough In Afghanistan

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Radio Free Europe, 30 June 2011 An interesting reportage about an elected district council in Nejrab (Kapisa) and its difficulties with local commanders and other parts of the administration. By the way we learn here that the US and the UK are pushing to create 100 such councils country-wide. It is not clear, though, whether […]

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Parliamentary Crisis: The Supreme Court Steps In

Gran Hewad

The resistance of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) to implement the Special Electoral Court’s decision to replace 62 MPs due to alleged fraud, and the Supreme Court’s ruling that all decisions of the Wolesi Jirga are illegal until the 62 ‘new’ MPs take their place in parliament, have pushed this new institutional crisis to the […]

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Governor Ahmed Wali Karzai

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Harpers Magazin, 29 June 2011 Excellent description by Matthew Aikins of the politicking surrounding governor’s appointments, the weakening stance of the internationals and the chances that this time Ahmad Wali might actually get what he wants.

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Guest Blog: Electoral Reform Must Start Now

Grant Kippen

With the controversy between the Wolesi Jirga and the Special Election Court still continuing and throwing Afghanistan’s legislative into disarray, our guest blogger Grant Kippen(*) pleads for long-overdue election reform starting and bold steps now. There were two momentous announcements concerning Afghanistan this past week that will in their own and interconnected way have a […]

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Special Court Suggests to Change 62 MPs: The Outgoing and The Outcome (amended)

Thomas Ruttig

Herewith, we continue to report the changes in the Wolesi Jirga composition which would happen if the Special Election Court’s findings presented on Thursday would be implemented – which is not sure. Today, we present the final list of those MPs who would need to leave the house. Gran Hewad and Obaid Ali have put […]

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New Opposition Alliance Underway

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Outlook Afghanistan (Kabul), 24 June 2011 The newspaper that is close to Hezb-e Wahdat of Ustad Mohaqqeq reports that during a meeting on 23 June in Kabul ‘three strong political parties decided to form a new opposition alliance: Jamiate-e Islami, People’s Unity Party of Afghanisatn (Wahdat) led by Haji Mohammad Mohaqiq and National Islamic Party […]

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Special Court Suggests to Change 62 MPs: The Incoming (amended)

Thomas Ruttig

This Thursday, when President Barack Obama announced the withdrawal of 10,000 US troops by the end of the year and of 23,000 more by September 2012, Afghanistan actually was preoccupied with things domestic. The saga of the parliamentary elections of September 2010 saw a new chapter opened, and it is far from clear whether we […]

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A War of Letters between Special Court and Parliament

Thomas Ruttig

With reports that the Special Election Court will call 53 ‘sitting’ MPs to court over alleged fraud during the 2010 elections, the tug-of-war between the Court (with the President in the background) and Parliament goes into another round. The MPs, already in a protest against Karzai’s failure to fill the remaining cabinet posts, answer with […]

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Rivals to Afghanistan’s president in disarray

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Washington Post, 13 June 2011 Pam Constable’s analysis of the Afghan ‘opposition’, i.e. former Jamiat/Northern Alliance: ‘Their effort has foundered despite high-profile leaders, a strong presence in parliament, a flurry of meetings and a large rally in the capital last month.’ And she quotes Afghan analysts Haroun Mir as saying about them: ‘There is a […]

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Innovative Loya Jirga-ism

Thomas Ruttig

President Karzai announced during a press conference on 31 May that a Loya Jirga was due ‘in the coming days’ (my emphasis) to discuss ‘the strategic relationships with the U.S, [that] all the people of Afghanistan from all different parts will gather together[,] view their options and the final decision will be made by Afghans’. […]

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