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Diplomat Fired in Clash Over Addressing Afghan Vote Fraud

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UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 30 — Peter W. Galbraith, a former U.S. diplomat who served as the second-highest-ranking U.N. official in Afghanistan, was fired Wednesday after clashing with his boss over how to contend with allegations of fraud in the country’s presidential election. (Washington Post — 8 October, 2009)
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UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 6 — Voter turnout data kept confidential by the United Nations’ chief envoy in Kabul after Afghanistan’s disputed August presidential election show that in some provinces the official vote count exceeded the estimated number of voters by 100,000 or more, providing further in… (Washington Post — 8 October, 2009)
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Diplomat Fired in Clash Over Addressing Afghan Vote Fraud
Diplomat Fired in Clash Over Addressing Afghan Vote Fraud

Kai Eide said that there was ”widespread fraud” in the August presidential election, but he stopped short of laying blame or citing specifics. (New York Times — 12 October, 2009)
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KABUL, Oct. 3 — The main challenger to Afghan President Hamid Karzai sharply criticized the head of the U.N. mission in Afghanistan on Saturday, saying he is biased toward Karzai and has worked against uncovering the full extent of fraud in last month’s still-unresolved presidential election. (Washington Post — 8 October, 2009)
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The top United Nations official in Afghanistan on Sunday defended himself against allegations that he has been wary to publicly address problems in the country’s recent presidential election. (CNN — 12 October, 2009)
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KABUL, Sept. 17 — A powerful car bomb killed six Italian troops and at least 10 Afghan civilians in downtown Kabul on Thursday, moments after President Hamid Karzai told journalists in his heavily guarded palace nearby that last month’s fraud-plagued presidential election had been “a big success… (Washington Post — 8 October, 2009)
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KABUL, Sept. 2 — Afghanistan’s volatile presidential election process moved closer to violent confrontation Wednesday, even as officials said releasing the final results from the Aug. 20 polls would be further delayed because of slow vote counting and an even slower effort to investigate hundred… (Washington Post — 8 October, 2009)
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The United States and NATO countries fighting in Afghanistan have told President Hamid Karzai’s government that they expect him to remain in office for another five-year term and will work with him on an expanded campaign to turn insurgent fighters against the Taliban and other militant groups. (Washington Post — 8 October, 2009)
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