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9 April 2014, The Guardian

Afghanistan presidential elections

The Guardian newspaper carried a quote by Sameer Patil, Associate Fellow, National Security, Ethnic Conflict & Terrorism studies, Gateway House analysing the importance of successful elections in Afghanistan and its impact on the Taliban

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Although the Taliban has boycotted the Afghan election calling it a sham, reports suggest that the voter turnout has been good despite threats of violence. A free and fair election in Afghanistan will go a long way in weakening Taliban’s propaganda about the administration in Kabul being a puppet regime set up by the international community. A successful election in Kabul will also go a long way in lifting the morale of the Afghan security forces which now bear the onus of carrying out a successful security transition. Hopefully the election will produce a stable government which has the capacity to face the challenges that lie before Afghanistan.



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