Carl Bildt
Swedish presidency

Hard to Find New Afghan Observers

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt says it will be difficult to have as many European Union observers in Afghanistan if the upcoming presidential election is held in November, compared to the first round in August.

Speaking the Swedish Radio News, Bildt says it takes time to put together a monitor group, and there can be problems with recruiting and security, especially at such short notice. He says the EU is investigating how many of the original election observers can stay on.

Sweden currently holds the rotating presidency of the European Union. On Tuesday came the news that Afghan president Hamid Karzai accepts that he failed to win a majority in the first round, following many votes being disallowed as fraudulent.

Carl Bildt says the first election round has not had a positive effect on Karzai’s credibility, both within Afghanistan and outside.

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