Bribes and backroom deals: Inside the Afghan election
Support of candidates is a difficult issue in Afghanistan. The election and support of candidates is riddled with bribes and backroom deals. Afghanistan will vote on Thursday. This election is expected to yield an effective opposition.
For example the Karzai family yields a lot of influence in Khandahar province.
Ahmed Wali Karzai heads the Provincial Council. When some throw their support behind Abdulah Abdulah it is possible that they will have received money to set up a campaign and then be paid off to shut the campaign down.
Democracy is still far removed in this country which is ruled by tribal leaders.
NATO forces will stop all offensive Operations on Thursday to provide security for the election.
A few months ago, a dozen leaders from Kandahar's most influential Pashtun tribes called a meeting to decide whom to support in this presidential election.
They did not waver: Fed up with years of violence and corruption under Hamid Karzai's government, they chose to throw their support behind Abdullah Abdullah, the former foreign minister of mixed descent, who has emerged as a serious contender.
In Kandahar, it proved a difficult decision. The Karzai family wields enormous power in this Pashtun heartland, which is effectively ruled by his half-brother, Ahmed Wali Karzai, who heads its provincial council.
So the tribal leaders travelled to Kabul for a secret meeting with Dr. Abdullah, who, pleasantly surprised, gave them $15,000 to open a campaign office in a small rented house in Kandahar city. A few weeks later it was shut down.
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