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EFSAS comments on the Afghanistan conundrum amidst violent elections


The nascent democracy in Afghanistan, admittedly, faces several steep hurdles that render its progress difficult. Replacing an essentially tribal political system with an alien one based on unfamiliar principles was never going to be a smooth or quick affair. The diversity of the Afghan people, who identify more closely with their ethnic and religious groups, compounded by the historical suspicion with which each ethnic group eyes the others, makes it even more challenging for democracy to dig in its roots. As if this was not enough, democracy has to contend, head on, with the epitome of anti-democracy in the form of the violent Taliban group, which controls half the territory of Afghanistan and aspires to set up an Islamic Emirate after forcibly wresting control of the other half.