Afghanistan to Hold Runoff Presidential Election

President Karzai accepts first election results

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

After weeks of international pressure, Afghanistan announced that it will now hold a run-off presidential election. But the November 7 date gives the country less than three weeks to organize the nationwide vote. We look at the challenges the country will face to hold another election in such a short time, and what it will mean for incumbent President Hamid Karzai and his rival Abdullah Abdullah, with Christine Fair, professor at the Center for Peace and Security Studies at Georgetown University. Fair is also a former election monitor in Afghanistan. We also talk to Emal Pasarly, deputy head of the Pashtu Service at the BBC; and from Afghanistan, Daoud Sultanzoy, an Independent Member of Parliament for Ghazni Province, in Eastern Afghanistan.

Guests:

Christine Fair, Emal Pasarly and Daoud Sultanzoy

Contributors:

David J Fazekas

Comments [1]

MK Ultra

Even Afghanistan gets a run-off election. Yet, in the mighty US of A, the bastion of freedom, justice and all that, we let a bunch of old farts in the Supreme Court appoint our president. Gotta love it!

Oct. 22 2009 12:47 AM

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