KABUL, Oct. 17 (Xinhuanet) -- Former anti-Soviet Mujahidin commanders, or
Islamic warlords, apparently dominate the first parliament in the post-war
Afghanistan as several dozens of them have been emerged victorious in the polls
as provisional results have indicated.
In some 20 of the country's 34 provinces, as the provisional results
released on the election body's website on Sunday showed that considerable
numbers of Mujahdin commanders are leading the race to secure enough seats at
the 249-seat Wolesi Jirga or national assembly.
Names of Hajji Mohammad Mohaqiq and Mohammad Yunus Qanooni, two challengers of
President Karzai in last year's presidential polls, with 50,166 and 29,345
votes, have topped the candidates' list from the capital city, while Islamic
scholar and former President Burhanudin Rabanni in the leading place of the
polls in the northeast Badakhshan province.
Another radical Islamist and head of his own faction of Islamic Unity party
of Afghanistan Abdul Rasould Sayyaf with over 9,000 votes from Kabul has secured
his way to enter parliament.
All of the above resistance leaders who helped the US-led military invasion to
oust Taliban regime in late 2001 were involved in power struggle and ruinous civil
war from 1991 to 1996 that left over 50,000 dead and over one million
displaced in and outside the country.
At least two former prominent Taliban figures including the movement's renowned
commander Mullah Abdul Salam Rocketi who switched side have also got sufficient
votes from their birthplace to facilitate their entry into the
The anti-Soviet and anti-Taliban resistance leaders and their Mujahidin backers
will occupy about 100 seats of the Wolesi Jirga, according to observers
if the trend of vote counting goes unchanged.
About a quarter, or 64 seats of the 249-seat Wolesi Jirga, have been
reserved for women.
However, the UN-sponsored Joint Electoral Management Body (JEMB) said the
preliminary and partial results may be subject to change as the Election
Complaint Commission (ECC) has been reviewing the complaints submitted against
JEMB will announce the final certified results of the polls after ECC has
completed the adjudication of complaints.
Final results of the landmark polls, according to Peter Erben, chief electoral officer of the JEMB will be announced by the end of the month. Enditem