Preliminary results of Afghanistan's presidential election, due to be announced on Wednesday, have been delayed amid accusations of fraud that threaten to split the fragile country along ethnic lines.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Friday intervened for the first time in the country's growing election crisis, backing a call for the United Nations to help solve a standoff over alleged fraud. Vladimir Skosyrev, political commentator at "Nezavisimaya gazeta" daily, Fred Weir Christian Science Monitor Moscow bureau chief, and Kirill Koktysh, Associated Professor at the MGIMO, shared their opinion on the subject with Radio VR.
US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel set out on a trip to Afghanistan on Sunday to talk to commanders about the general progress of the Afghan forces' build-up amid US plans to pull all but about 10,000 troops out of the country by the end of the year.
President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday welcomed US plans to pull all troops out of Afghanistan by the end of 2016, and called on Taliban insurgents to seize the opportunity to seek peace, AFP reports.
Outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai has refused to meet his US counterpart Barack Obama at an American airbase near Kabul. The rejection came as Obama made a surprise one-day trip to Afghanistan to visit US forces who are wrapping up a 13-year mission in the country. On Sunday, Obama invited Karzai to the Bagram base, but the Afghan President turned down the offer, saying that he would only meet Obama at his palace in Kabul. The Voice of Russia talked to Michael Keating, Senior Consulting Fellow, Asia Programme at Chatham house.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has rejected a proposed meeting with US President Barack Obama at Bagram air base outside Kabul during Obama's surprise visit to Afghanistan, Karzai's press service said in a statement.
The leading candidate for the upcoming presidential elections in Afghanistan, Abdullah Abdullah has received support of another candidate - Zalmai Rassoul. The latter is considered to be a close political ally of the incumbent president, Hamid Karzai. Some political analysts point out that this decision of Rassoul has become the first major political deal in the first round of the elections. Radio VR talked to Frederic Grare, Senior Associate Director of the South Asia Program at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, about the possible reasons for Rassoul's move and its importance for the leading candidate of the elections Abdullah Abdullah.
In the last ten years, the US interference in the internal affairs of different countries became an integral part of the foreign policy. Afghanistan is the country that suffered the most from the policy of Washington. However, despite all illegal actions and rough geopolitical setbacks, the White House tries to continue to dictate its rules of the game to countries and entire continents.
The death toll from flash floods in northern Afghanistan rose to more than 100 on Saturday with many others still missing, officials said, as helicopters carried trapped villagers to safety.
For more on the Afghan polls topic, Voice of Russia radio station spoke with Thomas Ruttig, Co-director of Afghanistan Analysts Network, who had spent over a decade working in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The expert told us about the possible outcome of the elections and the political climate in the country.
Afghan citizens need a government that is "not involved in cronyism and in warlordism, in drugs, slaughters and all the corruption that has totally plundered our opportunity in the past 13 years to the advantage of few," Daoud Sultanzoy, a political analyst and former Afghan MP, who is now running for presidency, comments in an exclusive interview to the VoR. He specially notes that this is the first elections ever to be free of both foreign and Karzai's personal interference.
Afghans celebrated a largely peaceful election on Saturday, as turnout exceeded predictions despite Taliban threats to disrupt the vote to choose President Hamid Karzai's successor.
Polling stations in Saturday's election to choose a successor to Afghan President Hamid Karzai officially closed at 5:00 pm (12:30 GMT), officials said, after a day without major security incidents, AFP reports. But voting was set to continue for some time as voters in line at polling stations would be allowed to cast their ballot, a senior official with the Independent Election Commission said.
Afghan voters go to the polls Saturday to choose a successor to President Hamid Karzai, braving Taliban threats in a landmark election held as US-led forces wind down their long intervention in the country. Afghanistan's third presidential election brings an end to 13 years of Karzai's rule, who has held power since the Taliban were ousted in 2001, and will be the first democratic handover of power in the country's turbulent history. Afghanistan’s current president, Hamid Karzai, can not run as the constitution forbids a third term of office.
Polling stations opened for Afghanistan's presidential election on Saturday with voters heading to cast their ballot for a successor to President Hamid Karzai as US-led troops exit the country.
British forces will remain in Afghanistan, but will come under command of the US Marines headed by the American Brigadier General Daniel Yoo. In a moving ceremony performed Tuesday under the skies of Camp Bastion, Britain’s major Task Force Helmand, the milestone for Britain mission to bring stability to the south of the country, drew to an end.
The Afghan peace process faces hurdles "deliberately placed by the US allies" in the region, President Hamid Karzai said today. On Saturday night, the Afghan leader called US Secretary of State John Kerry saying the recent string of complex attacks had all indications of a foreign intelligence operation.
The Afghan President Hamid Karzai has supported the decision of the Crimea on reunification with Russia. The head of the republic made this statement in the course of the March 22 meeting with a delegation of the US congressmen, the Pazhvok newspaper reports.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai appreciates the economic help provided by the former Soviet Union to his country in the past. "The Soviet money went to the right place. They were efficient in spending their money and doing it through the Afghan government," Karzai said in an interview.
The United States expects to preserve its contingent in Afghanistan also after 2014. Even the stubbornness of Hamid Karzai, who refused to sign such an agreement can't hinder that plan. The new Afghan leader who is to replace Karzai in the president's seat is to sign that document.