Afghanistan: We Celebrated A Bit Too Early

In the Afghan election, the first round seemed to have gone without a hitch, with no widespread claim of fraud and the defeat of Islamists and candidates who were deemed too close to Karzai. I celebrated that on this blog. But the celebration was premature. It seems that the elections were not as democratic as I thought, and that I was wrong. The preliminary results are announced, naming Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai as the winner, but Abdullah Abdullah hasn’t accepted the results, and while he has stopped short of announcing a government, he seems very close to it, and his spokesperson has not ruled out the possibility of armed action, so it seems Afghanistan is dangerously close to the brink of yet another civil war again. It seems Abdullah’s claims do carry some credibility, as he has provided audio and video evidence, but it’s unclear if the scale is as wide as 2 million votes as he claims.

I am a bit confused though.

We were always said that both Ahmadzai and Abdullah were opposition figures, so why would Karzai try to cheat for Ahmadzai?

Zalmai Rassoul, the candidate known to be close to Karzai, supported Abdullah.

So, were all information given to us inaccurate? Was Ahmadzai never an opposition and was Rassoul never close to Karzai?

Do you know the answer?

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