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Afghanistan Clears a Hurdle with Parliamentary Vote, But Eventually May
Run into a Wall

Afghanistan's parliamentary elections today (September 18) is an event
akin to a political riot, with almost 6,000 candidates scrumming for 249
seats in the new national legislature, as well as for an 430 positions
on the country's 34 provincial councils.

Some candidates feature strong anti-democratic credentials, including
warlords, former communists and even four top leaders of the former
radical Islamic Taliban regime. Meanwhile, roughly 10 percent of the
candidates are women, who had virtually no civil rights during the
Taliban era. Those seeking office tend to have little understanding of
how representative government is supposed to function, and the elections
themselves hold a great potential for chaos because of the fear of
terrorist attacks, and lingering confusion over election legislation. In
addition, many of the 12 million Afghans expected to vote are
illiterate.

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Afghanistan Clears a Hurdle with Parliamentary Vote, But Eventually May
Run into a Wall

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