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Another rigged election in Afghanistan, 14 killed in poll violence

Afghanistan Saturday Sept 18 voted in the election for the 249-seat Wolesi Jirga, or lower house of parliament. While officials claimed the ballot was a success, fourteen people were killed in sporadic violence on a day marked by large scale intimidation of voters and other malpractices, making theelection a travesty of democracy. The poll further discredits of President Hamid Karzai, whose re-election last year was marred by allegations of widespread fraud. The election took place under the shadow of the Obama administration’s military “surge,” which has increased the number of foreign troops in the country to more than 140,000. Civilian

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