Taliban Attack on a Hotel in Kabul Causes Foreign Election Observers to Leave Afghanistan

by Tiffany Millar on March 26, 2014

There is an upcoming election in Afghanistan that could play a huge role in the shaping of the country. Unfortunately, two foreign election observers have admitted that they are pulling out of Afghanistan after the Taliban attacked a hotel located in Kabul.

The next presidential election that is to take place in Afghanistan is to be held on April 5. This election is a big deal because it will mark the very first transfer of democratic power for Afghanistan. There are many in the country, however, that fear that the election will be a repeat of the election that took place in 2009. During that election, nearly 20 percent of the votes were disregarded due to the election being taken over by fraud.

The director of the Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan, Jandad Spingar, said that this is extremely bad news for the people of Afghanistan. The presence of international observers for the election is very important to the people. It was going to provide legitimacy to this election. This is why the Taliban chose to run them out of the country.

The National Democratic Institute said that it had no choice but to pull its observers out of the country. It has to put the safety of its people first, and right now they are not safe in Afghanistan. For now, the International Monitoring Mission for the European Union is the only key observer left in Afghanistan. It is not known how long it will be there.

The attack itself happened last Thursday. It was then that the Taliban attacked the reinforced Serena hotel located in Kabul. This was the hotel where most of the foreign observers were staying. One of the observers, Luis Maria Duarte, is one of the nine people confirmed dead as a result of the attack.

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