Abdullah says all the right things, but Rashid’s not so sure

Abdullah is saying al the right things about the deal with Ghani, giving some hope that the inauguration may actually go forward next week, which we certainly doubted at a few points.  Tolo quoted Abduallah as saying:

“Together, we, the government of national unity, will be able to address the problems of the country. “We’ve come together, hand in hand, to work toward a better tomorrow.”

He even went so far as to apologize somewhat for his role in the electoral chaos and attempted to somewhat justify the drawn out process (though nothing along those lines from Ghani yet): “I apologize to the nation that the election process was not completed sooner.  All our negotiations in the past months have been to ensure the interests of the nation.” (See the entire article on Tolo here)

Not everyone, however, is convinced and yesterday noted analyst Ahmed Rashid wrote an op-ed in The New York Times, which is a scathing (to put it mildly) critique of the key players in the election crisis and the naïveté with which the United States has reacted.  The compromise, he correctly points out, “has no basis in Afghanistan’s election law. And given the rancor that has come before, it may not hold very long.  This deal, which was brokered with help from Washington, is yet another makeshift compromise that only reveals the shortcomings of the United States’ 13-year presence in Afghanistan.”  His most interesting suggestion is the holding of a loya jirga in order to give the current deal at least the appearance of Constitutional cover.  And for those interested in electoral legitimacy, still no results have been announced.

Rashid’s piece here, is definitely worth a read.

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