Crisis Over Afghan Election Results Continues
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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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