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maddezmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 12:36 AM
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UN Mission Split Over How to Deal With Afghan Election Fraud
Source: Bloomberg

Sept. 16 (Bloomberg) -- The United Nations says its mission in Afghanistan is split over how many votes should be recounted after allegations of widespread fraud in last months elections, with a top UN official leaving the country over the dispute.

Peter Galbraith, the deputy UN special representative in Kabul, left after calling for a wholesale recount of ballots, while Kai Eide, his boss, favors a more limited re-tallying, the London-based Times newspaper reported.

With any hotly contested election there is bound to be a difference in opinion, Marie Okabe, deputy spokeswoman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told reporters in New York yesterday. The mission remains committed to supporting a credible election outcome that is accepted by voters.

Allegations that supporters of President Hamid Karzai stuffed ballots and committed voting fraud have marred the election, delaying a result that the Obama administration has counted on to strengthen the political credibility of the government in Kabul. Admiral Michael Mullen, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, said yesterday that the Afghan governments legitimacy is a huge, huge issue.



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Why Syzygy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 12:39 AM
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1. The Afghans
probably want a leader who isn't CIA.
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