Monday, November 2, 2009

Insulting Democracy in Afghanistan

"We must have a second round," ... "If we don't do that, we'll be insulting democracy"--Hamid Karzai

NYT reported:

Afghan officials canceled a runoff presidential vote set for Saturday and declared President Hamid Karzai the winner on Monday, a day after his remaining challenger, Abdullah Abdullah, withdrew.

The announcement capped a fraught election widely depicted as deeply flawed by corruption and voting irregularities.

Officials from the United States and United Nations welcomed the decision and congratulated Mr. Karzai.

Consider democracy insulted.