Friday, October 30, 2009

Afghan Election Talks Break Down

Abdullah Abdullah Presidential candidate discussing second round
run-off in his home in Kabul. Photo: Dadid Gill

From CNN:

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- Talks between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his election opponent, Abdullah Abdullah, have broken down, a Western source close to the Afghan leadership told CNN's Christiane Amanpour on Friday.

According to the source, Abdullah will likely announce this weekend that he will boycott the runoff presidential election slated for November 7, a runoff that had been scheduled after intense diplomatic arm twisting by the United States.

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More News On The Breakdown Of Election Talks

Abdullah may pull out of Afghan runoff -- AP
Afghan Runoff Hits Rocks; Challenger May Boycott -- NPR
Rumours grow that Abdullah will quit election -- The Independent
Karzai opponent set to boycott presidential election re-run -- Times Online
Abdullah Abdullah considers pulling out of Afghan election -- The Telegraph
Afghanistan’s Election Runoff: Disaster in the Making? -- The Danger Room

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