Abdullah Says Karzai’s re-election ‘not legitimate’

November 4, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Abdullah Abdullah  the Afghan presidential candidate who quit the runoff vote, says Hamid Karzai’s confirmation as president has “no legal basis” and  questions the president’s commitment to fighting corruption (like many of us)Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission (IEC) declared Karzai the winner on Monday following Dr. Abdullah’s withdrawal from the November 7 runoff after his conditions for holding “free and fair polling” were not met. Abdullah speaking publicly for the first time since the election decision, said at a news conference in Kabul saying:

“This decision does not have any legal basis and a government which takes power based on such a commission’s decision cannot have legitimacy,” Abdullah said on Wednesday in his first public appearance since the announcement.

“Such a government which lacks legitimacy cannot fight corruption.

“A government which comes to power without the people’s support cannot fight phenomena of terrorism threats, unemployment, poverty and hundreds of other problems.”

There are serious concerns that the country’s troubled election could further undermine the already weak central government.  Many see Karzai’s re-election as a farce that was orchestrated by Western nations.

His comments were in response to reappointed President Karzai who spoke on Tuesday vowing to “make every possible effort” to eradicate government corruption, but also appeared to reject removing high-level officials in any anti-corruption purge.  The problem is Karzai himself seems to be the root of corruption in the government. The discovery of widespread fraud in the first round of elections on August 20, are only recent reminders of Karzai’s lack of trustworthiness.


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