Independent Election Commission says it has canceled the presidential runoff,
originally scheduled for this Saturday. The announcement came a day after
President Hamid Karzai's challenger, former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah,
withdrew from the race. The Election Commission has also declared Hamid Karazai
as the President of Afghanistan for a second term.
Amidst this political backdrop, we spoke to Dr
Ali Riaz , Professor and Chair Department of Government & Politics
,Illinois State University . Professor Ali Riaz thinks that President Hamid
Karzai’s remaining in power for another term is likely to have a negative
impact both internally as well as with regards to its relationship with the USA.
Professor Riaz says that it is not because allegedly Karzai government
has been corrupt and inefficient but more importantly Hamid Karzai’s election
has been very questionable. The fraud means taken in the election has already
been detected by the UN Investigation team and that has seriously undermined
the importance and credibility of Hamid Karzai. US will not feel comfortable to
deal with a weaker government. He said that perhaps a power-sharing government
with Abdullah Abdullah will be stronger and stable government.