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Rep. Rohrabacher Supports Afghan Ethnic Leaders' Joint Statement on Elections; Karzai Cannot be Allowed to Manipulate Another Election

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Location: Washington, DC

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Chairman of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, is expressing his support for the newly released joint statement by the National Coalition of Afghanistan and the National Front of Afghanistan. The joint statement outlines how a peaceful and truly democratic Afghan government can be put in power and places an emphasis on following the rule of law, ensuring fair elections, and not allowing President Hamid Karzai to change the constitutionally mandated date.

"The 2009 Afghan presidential election was obviously rigged by Karzai and legitimate voters were disenfranchised," says Rohrabacher. "That fraud strengthened theTaliban's claims against the value of democracy. Karzai cannot be allowed to manipulate and subvert another election."

After the Taliban were driven from power by the Northern Alliance, with American support, the U.S. forced the creation of a national, overly centralized government based in Kabul and made Karzai President.

"Pushing for a centralized government was a grave mistake which ignored the tribal history and ethnic diversity of Afghanistan," says Rohrabacher. "The National Coalition and the National Front of Afghanistan represent not only the majority of the Afghan ethnic groups, such as the Uzbek, Tajik, Turkmen and Hazara communities, they have put forward a solid plan which can restore faith in the Afghan electoral process and start to repair the damage that has been done by Karzai and his corrupt clique."

Rep. Rohrabacher was recently denied entry into Afghanistan by President Hamid Karzai, who personally reached out to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to express his objections. Rohrabacher was part of a CODEL led by Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) and stayed behind in Dubai while the rest of the delegation continued on to Kabul for meetings with leaders of the former Northern Alliance.

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