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Afghan parliament ready to meet, despite Karzai decree

President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan has ruled that Afghanistan’s newly elected parliament delay meeting until he is satisfied that all accusations of voter fraud have been addressed.  But according to critics, as presented in this New York Times article, he is only focusing on those elections that his allies lost and is using a court without proper jurisdiction.  So the members plan to meet despite Karzai’s decree.  If security forces keep them out of the Parliament building, they will meet in a hotel, or a mosque, or maybe just in the street.  President Karzai saw his Pashtun groups lose representation in the previous election, to a level below that of their share of the overall population, so he has reason to want to investigate the election results.  The West is struggling on this issue, hoping to support the side that is more right in their arguments and more likely to actually win the argument, but not yet knowing which side that is.


Does the election matter for the Middle East?

Marc Lynch expresses his concerns on U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East should today’s election result in a Republican Party takeover.

A very timely read and excellent starting point for discussions on “What’s Next for the Middle East?” should the GOP claim Congress.