Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Afghan crisis (long war- section 2)

“I have noted reports of protests in Afghanistan and of suggestions of a 'parallel government' with the gravest concern”......“Any action to take power by extra-legal means will cost Afghanistan the financial and security support of the United States”.....

Abdullah Abdullah has lost the  Afghan presidential elections and has refused to concede to Ashrag Ghani. The fraud accusations are directed towards....who else...Hamid Karzai. His supporters are talking about establishing parallel parliaments. John Kerry is warning about cutting off US support.

For an entry level democracy it is not the voting (even North Korea knows how to vote), it is the vote counting stupid. The results are only legitimate if the losing side is willing to wait out for the winning side to be kicked out by the people. Simples.

The situation in Afghanistan may deteriorate fast and we may soon have another Iraq on our hands. When people coined the term "long war" they probably did not have any idea how long. 
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The United States warned on Tuesday it would withdraw financial and security support from Afghanistan if anyone tried to take power illegally, as supporters of a presidential candidate rallied in Kabul for a parallel government.


Preliminary results announced on Monday showed that Ashraf Ghani, a former World Bank official, won the June 14 second round, but his rival Abdullah Abdullah immediately rejected the outcome, saying the vote was marred by widespread fraud.

Underscoring the magnitude of the crisis, Abdullah said US Secretary of State John Kerry would visit Kabul on Friday. Kerry arrived in Beijing on Tuesday for the annual Strategic and Economic Dialogue. The US-China talks finish on Thursday.

Thousands of Abdullah supporters gathered in the capital on Tuesday, demanding their leader form a parallel cabinet and unilaterally assert his own rule — a dangerous move that would further fracture the fragile country.

In a sharp warning, US Secretary of State John Kerry said there was no justification for violence or “extra-constitutional measures”.
“I have noted reports of protests in Afghanistan and of suggestions of a 'parallel government' with the gravest concern,” he said in a statement issued by the US embassy in Kabul.
“Any action to take power by extra-legal means will cost Afghanistan the financial and security support of the United States and the international community.”

Afghanistan is heavily reliant on foreign donors to fund everything from building roads and paying school teachers to security. The United States pays the lion's share of all international aid.

Observers fear that a standoff between Abdullah and Ghani could plunge Afghanistan into disorder, with no clear leader in a country already beset by deep-rooted ethnic divisions.

Abdullah has accused President Hamid Karzai, who is stepping down after 12 years in power, of helping rig the vote in favour of Ghani, describing it as a “coup” against the people.

The standoff over the vote has quashed hopes for a smooth transition of power in Afghanistan, a concern for the West as most US-led forces withdraw from the country this year.
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Link: http://www.dawn.com/news/1117901/kerry-warns-afghanistan-as-thousands-rally-in-support-of-abdullah

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