John Kerry ordered Afghans to recount votes in elections
On the recount of votes in Afghanistan, said US Secretary of State, who was on a visit to Kabul, reports "Euronews".
John Kerry spoke with Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and Abdullah Abdullah. Both agreed to count all the votes - that is, 8 millions. Recalculation took control of the UN observers.
This is what Euronews writes so gently about it. In fact, it is clear that John Kerry rather ordered Afghans count votes. Otherwise, what will the democracy that Washington has built in Afghanistan for so many years look like?
And for sure.
Confirmation of the State Department's persistence was found in fresh the news.
As Kirill Belyaninov writes (Kommersant), both presidential candidates agreed to recount votes "under pressure from US Secretary of State John Kerry, who threatened to deprive Kabul of US financial aid."
This is the key - do not count, we will not "help" you.
The talks in Kabul, Belyaninov writes, lasted almost twenty hours.
Experts believe that the compromise reached will allow Afghanistan to avoid a “new round of tensions”. Tension already exists: it arose because Abdullah Abdullah, who won in the first round, but suddenly lost in the second, accused Ashraf Gani Ahmadzai of falsification. Abdullah is confident that Hamid Karzai helped the rival in 56%. Abdullah called on his supporters, namely Afghan Tajiks, to protest and even threatened to create a parallel government. Ahmadzai, in turn, explains the preponderance of votes by mass support for Pashtuns.
To resolve the political crisis flew himself John Kerry. “According to the testimony of diplomats,” writes the author of the report, “Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, together with assistants, settled in different rooms of the mission, and the US Secretary of State spent several hours moving from one room to another.” Details of long negotiations are not disclosed.
We know only a short statement by the US Secretary of State, which led the agency «Reuters». “We hope that there will be an opportunity to answer all the existing questions, dispel people's doubts and determine the future,” the words of D. Kerry are quoted as saying. Gazeta.ru.
As for a possible split in Afghanistan as a result of a political crisis, the other day in the same Kommersant told Maxim Yusin. The journalist even used the phrase "color revolution" and "Afghan Maidan."
The correspondent cites the words of Mr. Abdullah, who after counting the votes in the second round, called for mass protests:
Abdullah, ready to be cut into pieces, enjoys broad support from Afghan Tajiks (approximately 27% of the population), and therefore the threat of a split in Afghanistan on a national basis is quite real.
As for the comparison with the “Maidan”, Maxim Yusin finds that the situation in Afghanistan resembles not the recent, but the first Ukrainian “Maidan” (the end of 2004 of the year). There was a second round of elections, and the non-recognition by one candidate of the results, and as a result, the Orange Revolution.
The difference, the journalist believes, is only in the US reaction. Kiev supported the Kyiv Maidan-2004, while he called Afghan attempts to “destabilize the situation”.
It is clear that John Kerry and his boss Barack Obama cannot allow such an obvious failure of democracy in Kabul - especially against the background of the future withdrawal of most of the troops from Afghanistan. Last year, we wrote to VO that Washington seriously considers its military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq as “victories” (both strategic and democratic). And suddenly - such a failure!
According to the scenario that M. Yusin cites, Afghanistan can break up into several parts. The first third will be in the hands of the Tajiks, the second - in the Pashtuns, the last - in the Taliban. Approximately the same division into thirds took place in the 2001 year, when the United States was fascinated by the construction of Afghan democracy.
With the slightest hint of a sharp political crisis, it will be very difficult for Washington to talk about its democratic achievements in the region. Obama will lose the last percentages of the rating, John Kerry will resign, and the world community will receive another excuse for criticizing the United States, sowing the very “instability” everywhere that they love to teach the whole world.
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