In Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has delivered a stinging attack on the west over allegations of fraud during the Presidential polls last August. A UN backed watchdog threw out a third of the votes and ordered a second round. Karzai’s opponent stood down and the new President was voted into power. Now he has singled out two officials.
“There was fraud in the presidential and provincial election, with no doubt there was massive fraud. This wasn’t fraud by Afghans but the fraud of foreigners, the fraud of Galbraith, of Morillon and the votes of the Afghan nations were in the control of the embassy,” he said.
French General Philippe Morillon was the head of a European mission sent to Afghanistan to monitor the elections. He questioned the validity of 25 per cent of the votes. The UN has not commented on Karzai’s claims.
Peter Galbraith is a former US diplomat. He was dismissed after alleging the UN was not doing enough to combat fraud. He said Karzai’s claims were, “absurd”.
Afghanistan faces parliamentary elections in September. Karzai’s comments come a day after the Afghan parliament threw out his proposals to have an all-Afghan body monitoring elections. The United Nations has called for reforms to the country’s election commission to prevent fraud before it will agree to free up funds to pay for the polls in September. How will today’s criticism affect future relationships?