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Protest in Kabul over election results

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Protest in Kabul over election results


Disgruntled election candidates are protesting on the streets of Kabul, backed up by their supporters.

They say corruption tainted last September’s national poll and it should be reheld.

The results were announced yesterday in all but one province where the Taliban are said to have influenced the vote.

Afghan election officials warned that certifying the result in Ghazni would lead to further ethnic strife.

But for others, the decision undermines the credibility of the vote.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai said anyone not happy with the result can make an official complaint.

What shape the long-awaited parliament might take is the next big challenge Karzai faces.

Senior opposition figure Abdullah Abdullah says he would have the support of a loose coalition of more than 90 lawmakers.

All this comes as violence in Afghanistan is at its worst since the overthrow of the Taliban in 2001.

The US military says incidents are up 300 percent from 2007.

“As I have provided to the heads of state and government in Lisbon, it is our assessment that we have arrested the momentum of the Taliban in many areas of the country, but not all,” said US General David Petraeus.

US and NATO leaders last week agreed to Hamid Karzai’s 2014 target for Afghan security forces to take over from foreign troops.

But some think this is more likely to happen in 2015.

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