Afghan challenger considers runoff boycott

The challenger to President Hamid Karzai is considering boycotting the upcoming runoff if his demands are not met to remove the leaders of Afghanistan's election commission who he believes are biased against him, campaign officials said Sunday.

Aides to Karzai said Sunday that they were extremely concerned about the reports that Abdullah might drop out of the race. The aides said that Abdullah is now threatening to boycott unless the government removes the three members of the election commission and negotiates a pre-election deal for a coalition government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is absolutely nothing the US can do to begin to infuse some sense of legitimacy into the Afghan government.

Abdullah knows this.

He is striking for the best possible deal he thinks he can get before the election.

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