Afghan president Hamid Karzai has strengthened his control on the country’s political infrastructure by wresting control of a key component of the electoral system from the United Nations.
Karzai issued a decree last week giving himself the power to appoint all five members of the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC), the organisation charged with monitoring elections and ensuring fairness and impartiality.
The move has raised eyebrows among diplomats and security experts, who have consistently...
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