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UN denies role in Afghan poll controversy

UN denies role in Afghan poll controversy

Aug 16, 2011 - 20:01

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistaninfo-icon (UNAMA) denied on Tuesday playing any role in the controversy over results from last year's parliamentary election.

McClatchy Newspapers quoted two foreign officials as saying that the UN was pushing a plan to heal a rupture between President Hamid Karzai and the opposition-dominated parliament.

The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the UN was pressing the poll commission to overturn the results of 17 of last year's 249 races for lower house, or Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon.

Nazifullah Salarzai, the mission's spokesman in Kabul, told Pajhwok Afghan News the controversy was Afghanistan's internal matter. He said the UN would not interfere.

Deputy presidential spokesman Siamak Herawi, said the United Nations and other international organisations had no right of interference in the poll results. "Any interference from the United Nations will tarnish the election's legitimacy."

A five-judge court, set up in December 2010 following a series of protests by unsuccessful candidates, announced its judgment on June 23. It ruled 62 of the 249 sitting MPs were not entitled to retain their seats.


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