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Islamic warlords to dominate Afghanistan's coming parliament
www.chinaview.cn 2005-10-17 20:56:53

    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 legislative body.

    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 candidates.

    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

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