Entries tagged with “Abdullah” from Kathryn Elliott's News Blog
The dragged-out presidential election that was scheduled to culminate in a Nov. 7 runoff may be over sooner than expected.
Current President Hamid Karzai would begin a new five-year term if principal opponent Abdullah Abdullah boycotted the election as officials suggest he plans to do, The New York Times said.
Karzai's victory in August was deemed invalid by a United Nations-supported panel that threw out close to one third of his votes, which came in part from illegitimate "ghost-voters," The Washington Post said.
The prospect of the old Afghan administration continuing in power after such a controversial election process adds pressure to President Barack Obama's deliberations on deploying more troops to Afghanistan.