Thursday, November 24, 2005

Elections: Author, Afghan Warrior

After 8 weeks of slow counting, the results of the parliamentary elections were finalized on Saturday, despite allegations of fraud in the counting process. Afghan people hope that their new parliament will start its work soon, and this parliament will be a great step towards democratic stability.

A number of eminent leaders, mostly jihadi leaders and one female candidate, nominated themselves for the post of speaker in the national assembly. We hope an honest person will be elected for this post.

Although 40 percent of the winners are former jihadi leaders and warlords, the final result shows that more than 50 percent of the winners are the supporters of President Karzai. This should mean there is not a big challenge to the Karzai government.

Most candidates who lost complained about fraud, but I think even if there wasn't fraud in the counting process they still wouldn't win. Most candidates that lost the election were new faces in Afghan politics. Although some of them were well educated, they didn't have much influence among the people. Other candidates who didn't have higher education managed to win, such as warlords and jihadi leaders.

I voted for Ramazan Bashardost, the former planning minister and he was elected to the 3rd position in Kabul. During his job as Minister of Planning, he was working hard and honestly and therefore many of Kabul's people voted for him. Even though he was a new face, his wonderful speeches won the hearts of the Kabul people. His presence in parliament will be very useful.

Women will also play a great role in the parliament. They are more trustworthy and kind. Afghan women never had a strong voice in politics but now they can fight for their rights.

Right now we need a parliamentary house, and the Indian government is working to build one. It costs $25 million (USA), and it's hard to tell when the new parliament will officially start it's work. I hope after the announcement of the speaker post, our new parliament will start its work. I also hope our parliament will open the best way to rebuild our country.

This was written by Afghan Warrior. You may reach him by clicking the link provided. Thank you for keeping us up to date, Waheed. Great job!

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