Afghan National Assembly Elections and their Implications

For an overview of the polling in the afghan National Assembly elections on Saturday, September 18, see
“Afghans vote for parliament amid threats, attacks,” DAWN (Pakistan), September 18, 2010

To understand the significance of the National Assembly or Parliamentary elections in Afghanistan on September 18, a good starting point is the following article published today:

Ben Arnoldy, “Afghanistan election: Why the next parliament won’t check Karzai’s power,” The Christian Science Monitor, Sepember 19, 2010

The results of Saturday’s Afghanistan election aren’t expected for days, but because the parliamentary candidates ran as individuals, not as party members, they are unlikely to unite in opposition to President Hamid Karzai.

The Trenchant Observer