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Iraqi Elections: Will They Happen?

By   /  November 18, 2009  /  Unsorted  /  No Comments

A new Iraqi election law has been vetoed by Vice-President Tariq Hashimi. Mr. Hashimi vetoed the bill because he felt it did not adequately represent Iraqi expatriates and refugees, which are mostly Sunni Muslims. Mr. Hashimi would like to see more seats allocated to those who fled the country. Unfortunately, Mr. Hashimi’s veto poses a […]

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Afghan run-off cancelled, Karzai declared winner

By   /  November 2, 2009  /  Unsorted  /  No Comments

The New York Times is reporting that incumbent president Hamid Karzai has been declared the winner of Afghanistan’s presidential election after a scheduled run-off was canceled. The run-off that was to be held on November 7 was canceled after principle opposition leader Abdullah Abdullah withdrew. The disputed election has delayed the United States from making […]

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Karzai Rules Out Sharing Power

By   /  October 25, 2009  /  Unsorted  /  No Comments

Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai and his main election opponent Abdullah Abdullah have ruled out the possibility of a power sharing agreement. Karzai’s campaign insists that the only way to solve the current election crisis is to hold a second round of voting to establish a governement. Abdullah says that he and his supporters do not […]

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CFR Interview on the Afghan Election Crisis

By   /  October 20, 2009  /  Unsorted  /  No Comments

With President Hamid Karzai’s announcement that he will participate in a runoff vote on November 7, achieving electoral legitimacy remains a compelling task. Today at CFR.org, an interview with Peter Manikas yields insight on the roles of the IEC (Independent Election Commission) and the ECC (Election Complaints Commission). The IEC is comprised entirely of members […]

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