Formidable challenges face the new government, from deep social divisions to operating budget shortfalls and significant deficits to overcome in public facilities and services.
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On 12 July, the two candidates in Afghanistan's presidential race agreed to resolve their contest through a complete audit of votes cast in the June run-off elections. The purpose of the audit is to determine the will of the millions of Afghans.
The forces of democracy are at work but they up against the violence of the insurgency and they are up against the state.
President Karzai is stuck between a rock and a hard place. He is constitutionally obligated to leave his post by May 21, but the Afghan elections had ...
With incumbent President Karzai looking as if he has involuntarily gone into "do not resuscitate" mode, it begs the question: who in their right mind would want to run Afghanistan?
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