Afghan voters aren’t too happy today as, after months of bickering over the highly fraudulent presidential election, Ashraf Ghani has been named president-elect and rival Abdullah Abdullah will be “chief executive.”
The power-sharing deal makes the run-off vote effectively irrelevant, as both positions are designed to be roughly of the same power. Underscoring how little the vote mattered, the election commission won’t even release the results.
The deal not to release the results was a key part of the power-sharing deal, as Ghani was winning before the fraud audit, and both candidates withdrew their backing for the audit itself. Abdullah didn’t want any official results released showing a defeat in the election.
Neither candidate will be the loser of record, and the big winner is expected to be NATO, as the deal is expected to give way to a quick signing of a new troop deal to keep occupation forces in the nation for decades.
For voters wondering what the will of the people actually was, the realization is that in Afghanistan, despite US pretenses of a “successful” election, they were props, and their votes didn’t really matter.