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Without an Opponent, Karzai Declared Winner

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Posted on Nov 2, 2009
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Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission has declared President Hamid Karzai the winner of a second five-year term after his rival Abdullah Abdullah dropped out of the race. Abdullah said the runoff would be just as corrupt as the original election and withdrew in protest.

The U.S. and Britain have already lined up behind Karzai, whose authority is so limited he is derisively known as the “Mayor of Kabul.”

President Barack Obama was due to give Karzai a call Monday to officially acknowledge Karzai’s victory, according to White House spokesman Robert Gibbs.

Karzai has been Afghanistan’s front man since the U.S. removed the Taliban from power in 2001.  —PZS and KA

BBC:

Hamid Karzai has been declared president of Afghanistan, after election officials scrapped a planned second round of voting.

The announcement comes a day after Mr Karzai’s sole challenger, Abdullah Abdullah, pulled out of the race.

Dr Abdullah, who had demanded the removal of key poll officials, said the vote would not have been fair. The first round had been marred by fraud.

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By gerard, November 2, 2009 at 5:36 pm Link to this comment

Time to bring out the baby-kissing pictures.  Ugh!

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By We are living in a Monty Python skit!, November 2, 2009 at 4:12 pm Link to this comment
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That’s definitely a step up, though only a slight one, from

“Secretary of State Hillary Clinton insisted that the election will definitely be legitimate, even with only one candidate, insisting that Karzai had single-handedly bestowed legitimacy of the whole of Afghan democracy “from that moment forward” when he grudgingly allowed a second round of voting.”

(http://news.antiwar.com/2009/11/01/abdullah-quits-afghan-runoff/)

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By Xntrk, November 2, 2009 at 3:35 pm Link to this comment

I saw this headline when I signed on to Google News:

Obama Called Karzai, Congratulated Him on Victory
Bloomberg - Roger Runningen, Nicholas Johnston - ?19 minutes ago?
Nov. 2 (Bloomberg)—President Barack Obama said he called Afghan President Hamid Karzai and congratulated him on his re-election victory…

That really says about all there is to say. It does raise a question though: How do you congratulate some one on ‘winning’ when the whole world is aware the entire election process was corrupt?

Every time I think the hypocrisy and corruption of our own government can get no greater, someone proves me wrong - again. And usually, it is on the front page of a major newspaper in big bold letters for all the world to see. Apparently there is no limit to our chutzpa.

And people say Obama lacks ‘balls’!

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