A PROBLEM WITH MANY UNKNOWNS
The August 2009 presidential election of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (IRA), in which incumbent President Hamid Karzai was declared the winner, was held with numerous irregularities and fraud.* His main rival Dr. A. Abdulla refused to participate in the 2nd round, not believing that this round would be more honest than the first1. Immediately after Karzai remained the only candidate in early November 2009, automatically becoming President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, he was congratulated by the head of the White House, Barack Obama. In a sense, it was a "tearful" greeting. Washington had to come to terms with the victory of Karzai, who showed miracles not only in rigging the results of the first round of elections, but also in political maneuvering, the ability to negotiate with influential Afghan leaders, including local ones, using political and financial gifts, and bend his line in relations with the West, especially with the United States. issues related to internal policy. But Obama did not remain in debt. Congratulating Karzai over the phone, he called on him to "open a new chapter" in strengthening the legitimacy of the Afghan government. According to the head of the White House, he sought to " impress on President Karzai that ... We should act boldly and decisively and take advantage of the interest of the international community in carrying out internal reforms in the country." Senior administration officials explained that this is primarily about fighting corruption and creating a special body for this purpose.2 In a speech at the West Point Military Academy, Obama said the Afghan government is " mired in corruption, drug trafficking, an underdeveloped economy and a lack of security forces." Calling "effective governance of the state" one of the main directions of the new program for Afghanistan, he bluntly stated: "The days of squandering funds are over... From now on, we will make clear requirements for recipients of our assistance. We ... Read more
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