Sounds familar – Both parties claim victory in Afghanistan election

August 21, 2009

(ChattahBox) — After millions of Afghans braved dozens of militant attacks to cast ballots, campaign managers for President Hamid Karzai and top challenger Abdullah Abdullah claimed themselves as the winner of Afghanistan’s presidential election today. By most estimates, Karzai is poised to barely win the election, but in the Taliban’s southern strongholds, many people did not dare to vote, bolstering the hopes of Abdullah. After eight years of corruption and cynical misrule, Karzai has diminished credibility in the west and among Afghans. The country’s election authority says it believes the voter turnout was between 40 and 50 per cent, with turnout in the most violent parts of the Pashtun tribal south as low as 10 per cent. First official returns are not expected until at least Saturday though and preliminary results are expected to be announced in Kabul early next week, but with noted irregularities it may take a month or longer before official results are known.


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