Afghanistan to hold delayed parliamentary polls on 7 July next year

Despite relentless insurgent attacks, Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission announced that parliamentary polls will be held on 7 July 2018, almost three years late.

AP June 22, 2017 20:47:43 IST
Afghanistan to hold delayed parliamentary polls on 7 July next year

Kabul: Despite relentless insurgent attacks, Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission is announcing that parliamentary polls will be held in the war-torn country on 7 July 2018, almost three years late.

Afghanistan to hold delayed parliamentary polls on 7 July next year

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The commission announced the date on Thursday. The vote will elect representatives to the 249 seats in the lower house of parliament. Originally scheduled to be held in 2015, rampant insecurity caused the long delay.

Elections have been tumultuous in Afghanistan and in the 2014 presidential elections, a clear winner was never established. Instead, the United States brokered a compromise in which the two main candidates were put in power — Ashraf Ghani as president and Abdullah Abdullah as chief executive.

However the setup has been unwieldy and animosities and power struggles have hampered attempts at good governance.

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