NATO chief wants to see fair, free election in Afghanistan
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NATO chief wants to see fair, free election in Afghanistan

Kabul : Afghanistan | Oct 19, 2012 at 1:29 PM PDT
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A lot depends on a fair and free presidential election in Afghanistan. The five-year term of President Hamid Karzai in the office is going to end in 2014. The presidential election will actually determine the future and direction of the volatile Afghanistan. Participation of all segments of the society is important. If Afghans succeed in electing a powerful, honest and influential president, half of the country’s problems will be resolved automatically.

The United States and its NATO allies have been observing the situation in Afghanistan closely and are desirous to have a transparent presidential election in the violence-wracked country. Remember, elections and their subsequent results are like barometers to any society and therefore it will be crucial for Afghans to elect an honest and upright person for the president. It is suspected that the US helped Hamid Karzai win the second term in the office, but he has proved to be a toothless and incapable president and his government is just limited to federal capital Kabul and so NATO wants a free election this time.

Having understood the importance of the election in Afghanistan, NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen urged the Afghan government on Friday during his visit to the country to strive for a transparent and free presidential election in the country. Rasmussen also said that the diplomats in Afghanistan have been assessing the process of handing over security responsibilities to Afghan forces.

Will Afghan forces be able to defend the motherland against terrorists? Afghan forces are being trained on modern lines and equipped with weapons to fight against militants after 2014. The US plans to withdraw troops from Afghanistan at the end of 2014, but it all depends on the outcome of the presidential election both in the US and Afghanistan. Presidential election in the US is going to be held on November 6 this year and if Barack Obama is reelected to the office, he will definitely stand by his commitment of withdrawing troops from Afghanistan. However, if Mitt Romney is elected, he will devise his own strategy under the given situation. There is a big question mark on the capability of the Afghan forces, but ultimately they will have to take responsibility to defend their country.

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StephenManual is based in New York City, New York, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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