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Taliban Allows Afghan Elections

The topsy turvy world of Afghanistan once again displayed its confusion when two Taliban chiefs made an agreement with the government that will allow people to vote in the upcoming presidential election. Under the accord negotiated by Ahmed Wali Karzai, brother of the president, individual Taliban commanders will agree to pull back on election day and allow the Afghan army and police to secure election centers. The US embassy gave its blessing to the negotiations on ground anything that allows the election to proceed is a positive step.

There is evidence Taliban leaders agreed to the election process in southern provinces of like Helmand in order to ensure a Pashtun to be elected. There was fear if the Taliban prevented Pushtuns from voting a non-Pushtun would win. These considerations merely reflect that Afghanistan still remains a collection of tribes and clans, not a modern nation. The real question is what type of government best suits this form of nation.