Afghanistan: Government Formation and Performance.

21 12 2009

URL: http://opencrs.com/document/RS21922%20. Source: Congressional Research Service.

The central government’s limited writ and perceived corruption are helping sustain a Taliban insurgency, and feeding pessimism about the Afghanistan stabilization effort. However, ethnic disputes remain confined largely to political debate and competition, enabling President Karzai to try to focus on accepting U.S. and international advice on how to improve governance, reversing security deterioration, and on winning re-election in presidential elections slated for August 20, 2009. Karzai is running for re-election, but he faces substantial loss of public confidence and fluid coalitions of potentially strong election opponents.

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