Crowds Protest Corruption of Afghan Elections, demand New Polls

Hundreds of Aghans protested Sunday in Kabul against the fraudulent parliamentary elections held this fall in Afghanistan. A quarter of the votes have been thrown out by the electoral commission and hundreds of candidates are under investigation. The protesters want the elections to be re-staged.

Losing candidates, or candidates who believe that Karzai’s election commissioners wrongly disqualified them, were among those protesting.

One allegation is that Pashtun candidates lost seats, displeasing president Hamid Karzai, and that he is holding up the announcement of the results while he fixes a few last contests.

Aljazeera English has a video report:

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  1. Where are the crowds protesting the corruption of the American electoral process and legislative process and judiciary and executive? Could it be that Afghani people are closer to the Jeffersonian ideal than those of us who have left it far behind in our purfuit of Profit and Hegemony?

    And don’t point to the Michigan Militia, or the “I don’t know what I want but this isn’t it” adherents of the Tea Party “inspiration,” as an exemplar… They and their kind will just bring you a return to 14th century Europe — warlords and mercenaries and little oases of order waiting to be overwhelmed by the barbarity.

    Oh, and of course the several iterations of The Crusade…

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