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Afghan press braces for new vote

Abdullah Abdullah
Abdullah Abdullah, President Karzai's run-off opponent

Afghan newspaper commentators highlight the challenges the country faces in holding run-off presidential elections, both in terms of the logistics of arranging the poll as winter approaches and ensuring that the process is transparent.

At least two commentators express displeasure about the foreign pressure under which they feel the country is operating.

One says that voters in the first round were betrayed but now have an opportunity to put things right.


The second round of elections will face new and serious challenges and problems. The first problem is the weather. Some cold areas, such as Badakhshan and some central parts of Afghanistan, may see snow in coming weeks. The second problem is the logistics of delivering ballot boxes to all parts of the country, particularly volatile areas, at such short notice.


Our people have been betrayed. But, they must prove that they can respond to this betrayal. We hope that Afghans will more courageously take part in the run-off than they did in the first round.


Now that there will be a second round of elections, Afghans may believe that Afghanistan is under foreign control... If the future system is established under international pressure and imaginary principles, the Afghan government won't be able to resolve its problems or cope with the challenges it faces.


Foreigners demonstrated their power in these elections. But we wish they had demonstrated this power in the fight against terrorism rather than against the votes of people.


Both Mr Karzai and Dr Abdollah have an obligation towards their country to ensure that the election is transparent... The fact that Mr Karzai accepted the decision [to hold run-off elections] is a bright point in his career and we can be proud of that.

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