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Election Date Fixed, but Questions Remain on Next Steps

Thomas Ruttig

Afghanistan has a date for its next presidential elections: 5 April 2014. But today’s announcement by the Independent Election Commission of a timeline leading up to this date leaves questions open about its implementation. First, there are contradictory statements about whether the old, controversial voter cards will be used again. Second, the IEC aims at […]

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Afghan presidential vote due April 5, 2014: official


AFP, 30 October 2012 An Afghan election official was not able to shut up and wait for the official announcement planned for tomorrow, 31 October: Apparently, the next presidential (and provincial council) election will be held on 16 Hamal 1393, i.e.5 April 2014.

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Warning Bells over Slow Electoral Reform and Voter Registration for 2014

Thomas Ruttig

A number of organisations have warned that electoral reform in the run-up to the 2014 polls in Afghanistan is moving too slowly. Two issues stand out: the lack of a voter registry and the lack of a revised electoral law. The recent argument about whether the future ECC should include UN-nominated members or not is […]

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19 October 2012 – AAN/AW Transition Seminar Series 1: Lessons Learnt from the Past Elections

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The Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN) and Afghanistan Watch (AW) launched the first of a Transition Seminar Series on 18 October 2012. Professor William Maley and AAN’s Martine van Bijlert spoke about the lessons that were learnt through the previous elections in Afghanistan and the implications for the upcoming polls planned for 2014. Follow-up seminars on […]

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Time to Pack Up


New York Times, 13 October 2012 In an unusually long editorial, the influential New York Times now takes the position that US troops should withdraw from Afghanistan even before the end of 2014. ‘This conclusion represents a change on our part’, it says. ‘The war in Afghanistan had powerful support at the outset, including ours, […]

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The ICG Report and the Government’s Search for a New Narrative

Martine van Bijlert

A report by the International Crisis Group on Afghanistan’s upcoming transition has triggered a hostile response from the Afghan government. The ICG report is described as an attempt to weaken Afghanistan’s resolve in the face of the US-Afghan Strategic Partnership negotiations and as a means to pave the way for foreign interference in the upcoming […]

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Eyes on the Election: Two Afghan parties elect leaders

Gran Hewad

Two of Afghanistan’s most important political parties – Afghan Millat (Afghan Nation) and Hezb-e Islami Afghanistan – held leadership elections during the first days of October, Millat chose a new leader, Hezb, the incumbent. Although both parties belong to the unofficial government coalition in Kabul, they have recently joined a coalition advocating clean and timely […]

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AAN In The Media – October 2012

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Kremlin’s Blunder Backfires in Central Asia Turkish Weekly, 31 October 2012 Author Ryskeldi Satke looks at latest developments in Russia’s Central Asia policy after Putin’s re-election. Amon others, he quotes a blog by AAN’s Thomas Ruttig underscoring comments made by the Tajik opposition figures according to whom the threat of the Taliban marching over the […]

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Top Afghan Security Official Wins Case Challenging Corruption Accusation


New York Times, 24 September 2012 A judicial panel here ruled in favor of Afghanistan’s national security chief Rangin Dadfar Spanta on Monday in an unusual case of a senior government official turning to the courts and the public to prove that allegations of corruption against him.

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Wahlkampf mit 10 000 Kugelschreibern (Campaign with 10,000 Ballpens)


FR online and Basler Zeitung, 17 Sept. 2010 Willi Germund’s protrait of a Kabul candidate with democratic leanings and some of his opponents, like the big landlord who was charged for drug offenses and still has better chances than the democrat (in German, the Basler Zeitung is only accesible for subscribers).

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Filling the Power Ministries (3): Three Security Bosses Voted In

Fabrizio Foschini

Today, after an indecisive week, the Wolesi Jirga smoothly voted its confidence for three out of four candidates previously introduced for the ministry posts. The morning mood inside the house left few doubts as to an eventual positive outcome; the protesters were few and mostly went unheeded. Even the only exception, the failure of Haji […]

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Filling the Power Ministries (2): (No) News Flash

Kate Clark

In an attempt to keep informing our readers about the key issue of the expected cabinet reshuffle, we had to invent a new category today: the No News Flash. The reason: the parliament’s lower house postponed the decision to Saturday, for the time being, and busied itself with statistics instead. AAN Researcher Obaid Ali, Senior […]

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