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A Make or Break Moment: Afghanistan Prepares for Key Elections This Fall
A Make or Break Moment: Afghanistan Prepares for Key Elections This Fall

Author(s): Patryk Kugiel
Subject(s): Governance, Government/Political systems, International relations/trade, Electoral systems
Published by: Polski Instytut Spraw Międzynarodowych
Keywords: Afghanistan; parliamentary elections; democratization; legitimacy of the government; security of electoral process;
Summary/Abstract: The date of the long overdue parliamentary elections in Afghanistan has been set for 20 October. If they go ahead as planned, the effects of years of international efforts to stabilise the country and build democracy will be visible. An efficient, safe vote will testify to the strength of state institutions and strengthen the legitimacy of the government. On the other hand, the disruption of the elections or undermining the results can cause political chaos and serve the Taliban, seeking to seize power. If requested by the government in Kabul, the U.S., NATO, and the EU should stand ready to support the electoral process, especially in ensuring security.

  • Page Count: 2
  • Publication Year: 2018
  • Language: English