by Patrick Appel

Katherine Tiedemann rounds up the news coming out of Afghanistan post election:

Unofficial reports suggest a close race between Karzai and his main challenger, Abdullah Abdullah, and both are claiming a first-round victory, which will likely prolong election season (Pajhwok, Times of London, and VOA). A low turnout and widespread reports of fraud could make the real victors the Taliban, if their campaign of pre-election violence and intimidation is able to "rob the vote of its legitimacy and the new government of its mandate" (Wall Street Journal).

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