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NCA Chairman Dr. Abdullah Meets Deputy UN Special Representative for Afghanistan

On Thursday, January 23, Mr. Nicholas Haysom, Deputy UN Special Representative for Afghanistan called on H.E. Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Chairman of the National Coalition of Afghanistan.

At the outset, Dr. Abdullah extended his deep condolences on last week’s terrorist attack at the international restaurant which tragically took the lives of 21 people, including 4 members of the UNAMA office in Kabul.  During the meeting, the two sides conferred on a wide range of issues, in particular on the upcoming presidential and provincial council elections scheduled to be held on April 5.

In this regard, the two sides also discussed the Ministry of Interior’s recent report pertaining to security of polling stations, distribution of electoral related material around the country, importance of timely elections on high voter turnout, domestic and international monitoring, implications of continued delay in the signing of the US-Afghan Bilateral Security Agreement on the electoral process, possible interference by government institutions, and ensuring security for candidates and voters.

Dr. Abdullah reiterated that the international community should undertake all efforts, together with the Afghan people, to ensure holding of transparent, inclusive and credible elections. He further added that successful elections would be a historic achievement for the Afghan nation, significantly strengthening the faith and confidence of the Afghan people in the democratic process.

January 24, 2013 – Kabul, Afghanistan

 

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Monitors Worry About Runoff Fraud
 

A number of Afghan election monitoring groups have warned that the runoff round of this year's presidential race could face increased fraud on the part of candidates so long as the Independent Election Commission (IEC) and the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) have staff members supporting one or the other candidate and engaging in fraud themselves. more......

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Meeting a Young Dr. Abdullah

 
It had been a long journey into the Hindu Kush mountains, starting in the Northwest of Pakistan in the summer of 1987. We began by secretly crossing the border into Afghanistan, trekking through Nuristan and finally making it over half a dozen 10,000-foot mountains to the Panjshir Valley. There, I   more......
 


Abdullah Abdullah Moves Toward Center of Afghan Power

 

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Dr. Abdullah Abdullah: In His Own Words
 
I was born about fifty years ago in this house (pointing to his father’s house located in Kart-e-Parwan, Kabul). My father Ghulam Muhayuddin was from Kandahar province and my mother was from Panjshir. Before moving to Kart-e-Parwan my parents lived in the De Afghanan area of Kabul more......
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The Afghan Election  The Man Who Could Upset Karzai

In Afghanistan's presidential race, the top challenger to President Karzai is former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah

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