Those Pesky Foreigners

By DeusExMacintosh

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has accused foreign election observers of fraud during last year’s disputed vote. Fraud had been widespread, Mr Karzai conceded, but he blamed foreigners for it, saying the UN was its focal point.

Mr Karzai singled out Peter Galbraith, the then deputy head of the UN mission, who he said had organised the fraud.

He accused Mr Galbraith of feeding details to the international media in an attempt to blacken his name. Mr Galbraith called the claim incredible.

“There was fraud in the presidential and provincial election, with no doubt there was massive fraud,” Mr Karzai said.

“This wasn’t fraud by Afghans but the fraud of foreigners, the fraud of Galbraith, or [head of the EU’s observers Philippe] Morillon, and the votes of the Afghan nation were in the control of an embassy.”…

Mr Karzai is currently locked in a power struggle with parliament over his attempt to appoint all the monitors in Afghanistan’s election process.

He was not declared the clear winner in the first round of the 2009 presidential vote, but emerged as victor after the challenger in the second round stood down, following several months of argument.

Irregularities uncovered by the independent Electoral Complaints Commission included polling where the turnout was more than 100%, and others where votes were counted from places known to have been closed on election day.

Mr Karzai’s comments come a day after the Afghan parliament rejected his attempt to have an all-Afghan body monitoring elections…

The UN in Kabul has not commented on Mr Karzai’s claims.

BBC News

One Comment

  1. Posted April 3, 2010 at 5:59 am | Permalink

    Obama looks like he’s been rolling around in the dust in that pic.

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