Crisis Over Afghan Election Results Continues Over the weekend, both of Afghanistan's electoral bodies declared that the controversial parliamentary election results are final. The problem is the attorney general of Afghanistan announced at the same time that allegations of vast criminal misconduct should nullify the entire election. President Karzai has so far failed to inaugurate the new parliament, raising suspicions that he favors throwing out the results.
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Crisis Over Afghan Election Results Continues

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Crisis Over Afghan Election Results Continues

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Over the weekend, both of Afghanistan's electoral bodies declared that the controversial parliamentary election results are final. The problem is the attorney general of Afghanistan announced at the same time that allegations of vast criminal misconduct should nullify the entire election. President Karzai has so far failed to inaugurate the new parliament, raising suspicions that he favors throwing out the results.

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Unidentified Man: (Speaking foreign language).

QUIL LAWRENCE: Still the electoral bodies and the international community endorsed a final vote tally clearing the way for the new parliament to sit by next month. But there has been some push back.

RAHMATULLAH NAZARI: (Speaking foreign language).

LAWRENCE: Member of parliament Fowzia Kufi, who won re-election, says Karzai's government is afraid of the new parliament.

FOWZIA KUFI: We give him enough trouble and so he doesn't want to have continue having such trouble.

LAWRENCE: But Fowzia Kufi says Karzai should inaugurate the new parliament before even more Afghans get disillusioned with democracy.

KUFI: If President Karzai try to ignore this choice, then the other alternative will be Talibanization and more war to this country, which I don't think this nation is in a position to sacrifice.

LAWRENCE: The parliament is supposed to be at work solving problems, not becoming a crisis of its own, says Nader Naderi, head of the Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan.

NADER NADERI: The attorney general office has no right to interfere in this process.

LAWRENCE: Naderi says Afghan law states that only the election commissions can rule on the election. But with a bit of Afghan perspective, he says, at least they're arguing about the law, not shooting.

NADERI: And that's a step forward, and that need to be acknowledged.

LAWRENCE: Quil Lawrence, NPR news, Kabul.

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