January 27th, 2011
10:15 AM ET

Afghanistan inaugurates new parliament

Afghanistan's new parliament was inaugurated in Kabul on Wednesday, four months after a nationwide election that critics said was marked by extensive fraud.

The inauguration ended a political standoff between President Hamid Karzai and the parliament. FULL POST

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Karzai accepts lawmakers' plan to end standoff
Afghan men demonstrate against paliamentary election results in Kabul on Sunday.
January 24th, 2011
10:33 AM ET

Karzai accepts lawmakers' plan to end standoff

Afghanistan's parliament will be inaugurated Wednesday, ending a political standoff, President Hamid Karzai's office said Monday.

Humayoun Azizi, Karzai's minister for parliamentary affairs, said the president's decision came after the country's Supreme Court sent word that it would not intercede in the seating of parliament following a deal between Karzai and the parliament over prosecuting crimes arising from last year's elections. FULL POST

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January 22nd, 2011
09:08 AM ET

Afghan lawmakers meet as political standoff over parliament continues

Afghan lawmakers met at a hotel in the country's capital Saturday morning to discuss whether to proceed with the inauguration of parliament despite President Hamid Karzai's decision to postpone the ceremony.

Most of the 249 elected members of parliament debated the issue at Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel. They were expected to meet with Karzai later in the day and could also make a decision Saturday.

Karzai's office on Wednesday announced a one-month inauguration delay, saying that the special court on election fraud needed more time to investigate complaints from losing candidates. The decision drew criticism from the United Nations' mission in Afghanistan, and concern from analysts that it could spark ethnic divisions and more violence. FULL POST

January 21st, 2011
08:58 AM ET

Analysts: Inauguration delay could spark more violence

President Hamid Karzai's decision to postpone the inauguration of the Afghan parliament could spark ethnic divisions and more violence, analysts warned Friday.

Winners and losers of the September parliamentary elections have traded accusations of fraud and irregularities, and accused each other of providing incentives to the Taliban.

The election results saw a power shift in parliament - with reduced representation from the country's predominantly Pashtun south - Karzai's power base - to one that is more Tajik and Hazara heavy. FULL POST

November 25th, 2010
11:13 AM ET

Afghanistan investigates charges of election fraud

Four people have been arrested on suspicion of fraudulent activities during Afghanistan's parliamentary elections, the attorney general's office said Thursday.

Two are suspected of taking money from candidates running for parliamentary seats during the September vote, Deputy Attorney General Rahmatiullah Nazari said. FULL POST

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November 22nd, 2010
11:56 AM ET

119 candidates disqualified after parliamentary elections

A total of 119 candidates for the Afghan Parliament have been disqualified for different reasons since the September 18 elections for the lower house, an election commission spokesman told CNN.

Ahmad Zia Rafhat, spokesman for the Electoral Complaints Commission, said 94 candidates had been disqualified before the preliminary results were announced in October, and 25 candidates who successfully locked in their seats are now disqualified.

Rafhat said the candidates were disqualified for suspicion of involvement in fraud during the elections. FULL POST

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October 20th, 2010
11:16 AM ET

More than 20 percent of vote thrown out in Afghan election

Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission released preliminary results of the September 18 parliamentary elections stating that 1.3 million votes of the total of 5.6 million ballots have been cancelled out because of fraud.

That means about 23 percent of the total votes were tossed out, the election commission said Wednesday.

On Monday, the election commission announced that 10 percent of the votes in the election would be thrown out because of suspected fraud.
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October 19th, 2010
10:55 AM ET

When it comes to Afghanistan, what, exactly, is the point?

More than nine years into the war in Afghanistan, there doesn't seem to be a lot that's good to report.

From every conceivable angle, things are a mess – starting with the country's attempts at democracy. Officials have now postponed announcing the results of last month's parliamentary elections because of widespread suspected fraud. An election panel spokesman said Monday that about 10 percent of votes have been disqualified because of the suspected fraud.

The New York Times reported that the fraud included everything from stuffing the ballot box to citizens being forced to cast their votes at gunpoint to election officials and security forces working in cahoots with corrupt candidates. Lovely.

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October 18th, 2010
03:31 PM ET

Afghan election panel disqualifies 10 percent of ballots

About 10 percent of votes cast in last month's parliamentary elections in Afghanistan have been disqualified due to suspected fraud, a spokesman for the Independent Election Commission said Monday. FULL POST

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September 29th, 2010
07:54 AM ET