Articles tagged: democracy

Carry on up the Khyber – Karzai’s lead narrows (like we said it would)

August 25, 2009

“If Karzai’s warlord cronies have over-egged the firnee and their boy romps home with an incredible margin, Iran-style riots are almost inevitable. On the other hand, if he narrowly wins, it will be more difficult for the opposition forces to cry foul. Given that he achieved only 54 per cent in 2004, the ‘ideal’ result for Karzai would be a tight margin of victory but no runoff, so we’ll see how these figures change if and when the penny drops.” (Thus passim) There are more twists in the tale of... More

Afghan election update: Karzai rumoured to have won with an improbable majority

August 24, 2009

It is rumoured in Kabul that the Independent Election Commission is under pressure to rush out election results in an effort to accustom public opinion to the legitimacy of a Karzai victory which some are already claiming could be greater than 70 percent. Unofficial reports (Press TV) claim that Karzai has won with 3,244,196 votes (70 percent), Abdullah 1,029,467 9 (23 percent), the populist Bashardost 189,659 and Thus man Ghani trailing in fourth with only 47,954, proving that nice guys finish last in Death Race 2009. Given that hardly anyone... More

Afghan elections declared free but not fair by EU fudgepackers

August 23, 2009

While resisting the temptation to say ‘we told you so’ (Thus passim) – it is glaringly evident that, as predicted, the Afghan elections were neither free nor fair. Except that by an extraordinary contortion of logic and semantics, the EU monitors have declared that they were ‘generally fair but not free.’ Well, thanks for putting our minds at ease, General Philippe Morillon. Some of us mistakenly thought that the objective was to hold elections that would give the Afghan people an equal opportunity to democratically determine who should run their... More