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Bildt Hopeful after Afghan Election

Published tisdag 1 september 2009 kl 17.57

Foreign Minister Carl Bildt is hopeful for the future of Afghanistan after having spoken to main candidates in the presidential election which was held in the country two weeks ago. "The signals I am getting from the three main candidates gives me reason to have pretty good hopes for the future," Bildt told Swedish Radio on Tuesday.

Carl Bildt is in Kabul to see for himself the follow up to the elections, and also to be able to bring the latest news about the situation in Afghanistan to his colleagues at the meeting of EU foreign ministers in Stockholm later this week.

The original plan had been for the election result to be announced on Thursday, but counting the votes has taken longer time than expected. So far, only half of the votes have been counted, and there have been accusation of election fraud. The Afghan authorities have received over 2000 reports of irregularities in the voting process, of which 600 are deemed to be serious.

Nevertheless, Carl Bildt finds that the suspicion of election fraud have so far been dealt with in a satisfactory way. However, he emphasised that we have to wait for the final result before judging whether the election was legitimate or not.

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