KABUL — Afghanistan’s election commission declared Hamid Karzai the winner of the country’s controversial election, acting one day after the runner-up withdrew from a runoff planned for Saturday, and ending a two-month political drama that threw the country into unprecedented turmoil.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai, left, speaks with the U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Kabul.
The commission’s chairman, Azizullah Ludin, said that the runoff was canceled “to prevent uncertainty that created a lot of security challenges for the country.” The runner up, former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah, Sunday pullout from the contest, saying he didn’t believe the election would be free or fair because Mr. Ludin’s commission is biased in favor of Mr. Karzai, which Mr. Ludin has denied.
The commission, appointed by Mr. Karzai, took the decision hours after United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon made an unscheduled trip to Kabul earlier Monday. Mr. Ban urged Mr. Karzai to abandon his insistence on going ahead with a runoff that the Taliban had pledged to disrupt by killing election workers and voters.
The election has been canceled. That is great news. Now, I can finally get something done here. The election has been the focus of Afghanistan for the past 3 or 4 months. The taliban have disrupted everything in their quest to make chaos reign supreme throughout the country.
Time for life to start again.
Now, if we can only kick this bird flu and avoid an epidemic or pandemic.
Pray for Afghanistan. Having been through 30 plus years of war and crises, these folks deserve some peace.