Afghan president Karzai accuses UN over election fraud

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has accused foreign election observers of fraud during last year’s disputed vote.

Fraud had been widespread, Mr Karzai conceded, but he blamed foreigners for it, saying the UN was its focal point.

Mr Karzai singled out Peter Galbraith, the then deputy head of the UN mission, who he said had organised the fraud.

He accused Mr Galbraith of feeding details to the international media in an attempt to blacken his name. Mr Galbraith called the claim incredible.

“There was fraud in the presidential and provincial election, with no doubt there was massive fraud,” he said.

“This wasn’t fraud by Afghans but the fraud of foreigners, the fraud of Galbraith, or (head of the EU’s observers Philippe) Morillon, and the votes of the Afghan nation were in the control of an embassy.”

He told the BBC the suggestion that the UN had stolen votes also served as a sharp reminder of the fraud that dogged the election.

BBC News

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