Opponent Abdullah Accuses President Karzai of Fraud and Treason

September 14, 2009

(ChattahBox)—As Taliban militants move to secure additional footholds in Afghanistan, resulting in more bloodshed, the country is embroiled in a massive voting fraud scandal, with opposition leader Abdullah Abdullah charging President Hamid Karzai with vote rigging and even treason.

Abdullah Abdullah, Afghanistan’s former foreign minister, is calling for Karzai to be removed from power with the installation of an interim government to run the country, until a new election can be held free from state-sponsored vote rigging.

Abdullah Abdullah discussed the perilous situation for his country with The Times of London, where he expressed the fear that the vote rigging scandal would tear his country apart.

“What’s at stake is Afghanistan, the future of this country,” said Abdullah. “The country will die because of this sort of thing. Fraud is the extension of this corruption which prevailed in this system.”

Abdullah is calling for a criminal investigation into the state-sponsored voting fraud engineered by Karzai and his supporters. But at the same time, Abdullah realizes there is no independent judiciary in the country to conduct the inquiry. The fraud is far reaching.

The Independent Elections Commission (IEC) received thousands of complaints of voter fraud and an UN-backed watchdog group ordered the IEC to investigate what it found to be “clear and convincing evidence of fraud.” The recount of the votes could take months, leaving the country without a legitimate government at a time when the Taliban is stepping up its violent insurgency.

Many of the state institutions in the country are under the direct control of Karzai and his grasp is wide. The President reportedly bribed the Arbakai, a group of government-sponsored tribal militias, with thousands of dollars for their votes. Abdullah also charges that the (IEC) is under the control of the President’s supporters.

Both Abdullah and Karzai rejected calls for a coalition government, which leaves few options for the future stability of Afghanistan’s Democratic process.

“What’s at stake is Afghanistan, the future of this country. The country will die because of this sort of thing,” said Abdullah.


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