The dangerous road to democracy

Willems, Peter
October 2004
Middle East;Oct2004, Issue 349, p22
This article focuses on Afghan's presidential elections. With only days to go before the Afghan presidential elections are scheduled to take place, additional waves of violence are predicted as the Taliban and assorted warlords strive to scupper plans to establish a strong democracy. Since May 2004, up to a dozen election workers have been killed and in June, Taliban guerillas kidnapped and executed 17 Afghan men carrying voter registration cards. The Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit, an independent research organisation made up of international experts, recently released a report that criticised Nato for offering such little support to Afghanistan's security.


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