Did you know that 3 of the Afganistan's Presidential contenders held U.S. passports and citizenship? Also, the U.S. is trying to get some of the
contenders to drop out of the race, so their guy can win, a report has revealed. Overlooking the fact it is against the Afganistan's consitution
that any President has to be an Afganistan citizen
It doesn't seem the U.S. is acknowledging that small little section of their consitution.
link to article:
Washington is using its political clout to influence the outcome of the upcoming presidential elections in Afghanistan, a report says.
The US embassy in Kabul has urged Afghanistan's leading presidential hopefuls to withdraw from the race in favor of Ali Ahmad Jalali -- a candidate
that is more preferred by Washington, reported Pakistan's Ummat daily.
In return, US official have promised to guarantee key positions for the three candidates -- which include finance minister Ashraf Ghani, former
foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah and political activist Anwar ul-Haq Ahadi -- in the next Afghan government.
The move received instant condemnation as flagrant US interference in Afghan politics and internal affairs.
Jalali -- who is viewed as the main rival of President Hamed Karzai in the August presidential elections -- is a US citizen and former Afghan minister
of the interior.
His candidacy is seen as a direct violation of the Chapter Three, Article Sixty Two of Afghanistan's Constitution, which states that only an Afghan
citizen has the right to run for president - which means that Jalali would have to apply for Afghan citizenship first.
Zalmay Khalilzad and Ashraf Ghani, two other candidates vying for presidency, also hold US citizenship.
This link is to complete
information about the election and who is who in the election. (with pictures of the candidates)
It has multiple links about every single thing regarding the election, including the profiles of each candidate.
Interesting enough - the one candidate who this report claims the U.S. wants as the President - shows as "unconfirmed" as a candidate on the above
page, but what is even more interesting, is the guy doesn't even live in Afghanistan, he lives in the U.S.
I am submitting this, but I also want to point out, I am just not sure how much truth is involved with the intial report. It just doesn't seem
fesible to me, that the U.S. would seriously be trying to get other candidates to drop out, so a guy who lives in the U.S. could become the
I also would not imagine others would drop out or the Afghan people would allow this.
The original information is reported to have come from this Pakistan newspaper:
I don't understand arab writing, so I am lost and can not gain info from it, but thought I would include it anyway, since it is the "original
source" of what this thread is about.
Would the U.S. be so brazen to really
think they could get other candidates to drop out so a U.S. citizen would be President in Afghanistan?