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Afghan Elections Delayed, Iraq Candidates Murdered

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Let’s look in on our brothers-in-democracy in the Middle East. Afghanistan has postponed its elections due to “security and logistical concerns,” says CNN. This isn’t a short-term thing: they were scheduled for May, and will now take place in August — though a parliamentary spokesman says they’re “unlikely” to be held until after Ramadan in September. President Karzai’s term will expire meanwhile; the country’s constitution suggests that the ailing, 82-year-old speaker of the upper house of parliament will take over, but folks there are talking about a provisional government.

Meanwhile in Iraq, provincial elections are scheduled for tomorrow, and not a moment too soon: three Sunni candidates for office were recently gunned down. A few others were killed previously. Sunnis boycotted the last election, but are expected to turn out for this one.

 

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 30, 2009

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