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26 September 2017 21:55 (South Africa)

Kerry draws line on more troops until election clarified

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    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

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Senator John Kerry says it is “irresponsible…when we don't even have an election finished, and know who the president is” to send more soldiers to Afghanistan. Kerry spoke as senior foreign officials pushed Afghan President Hamid Karzai to accept an electoral run-off - as an ongoing fraud investigation will most likely bring his vote total below the 50% needed to avoid a runoff. Kerry is chairman of the powerful foreign relations committee in the US Senate and is a former Democratic presidential candidate as well. His criticism comes just as the Obama administration continues its internal debate over the US commander in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal’s recommendation that more US troops be sent to support the beleaguered military mission there. The August election gave Karzai 55% and opponent Abdullah Abdullah some 28%. The UN-backed Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) investigated the result following allegations of widespread electoral fraud. Meanwhile, US secretary of state Hillary Clinton and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown both telephoned the candidates, urging Karzai to accept the ECC's fraud investigations. French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner was in Kabul to meet the candidates. Given all this, the ECC may delay its results announcement.

  • Branko Brkic
    branko3048 a ray
    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

    Recent columns:

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