Afghani president Hamid Karzai declared winner of election

Hamid Karzai has been declared the winner of the Afghani presidential election after a series of events put his election in question. Widespread fraud in the initial election and a challenger who demanded a runoff led Karzai to schedule a runoff for November 7. Just days before the runoff, however, Karzai’s opponent, Abdullah Abdullah, withdrew from the contest. In response, Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission declared Karzai the winner.

Abdullah’s announcement came just days before the scheduled runoff and had several causes. Abdullah and his supporters voiced concerns over the possibility for further fraud in the runoff, as well as fears that voters might not be safe traveling to polling locations. The past month has seen an increase in the already common violence between Taliban fighters and the combined forces of Afghanistan, the United States, and other UN nations. The announcement that Karzai has been reelected president is also a contributing factor in the timing of the announcement that more U.S. troops would be sent to Afghanistan.

It is now Karzai’s job to form a government that represents people from all segments of Afghani society. Abdullah has rejected the idea that he would take part in the new government, but he and his supporters are now positioned to be an important voice in future elections and political debate.

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