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Where Next For Afghanistan?

Published tisdag 5 januari 2010 kl 13.30
Afghanistans president Hamid Karzai

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has suspended parliament's winter recess in an effort to have his new cabinet approved as soon as possible.

His government faced a crisis last week when the greatest majority of his cabinet nominees were rejected by parliament in a rebuff regarded by analysts as a major threat to his authority.

He has said he will propose a new cabinet within days, but will it be acceptable to parliament? 

Sweden has a large interest in the country both through charities and a military contingent in place as part of international efforts to bring peace and stability to the region.

To find out more about the tug-of-war between the President and parliament, Radio Sweden talked to Torbjörn Pettersson, Secretary-General of the Swedish Afghanistan Committee, who says that there is a risk that Karzai will continue to be seen as a lame duck president, following the widespread accusations of fraud in the recent presidential election.

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