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If I were president: Wahida Paikan

Afghanistan goes to the polls on 20 August for presidential and provincial council elections.

BBC News asked people in the country what they would do if they were president.

Wahida Paikan

If I were the president, I would appoint and give authority to men who act rapidly, who cannot be bribed, who do not divide power among warlords and who can appoint an effective cabinet of young professionals.

I would make it possible for foreign troops to stay out of the main cities and I would give control to my armed forces, starting from Kabul to Mazar, Herat and then to relatively insecure cities. I would also ask for a timeline for withdrawal.


As president, I would create a special anti-corruption desk consisting of UN delegates and officers.

If I could not achieve this, I would resign: I would never ever take bribes from notorious warlords to secure votes.

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