Afghan president considering early elections | News | Al Jazeera

Afghan president considering early elections

Hamid Karzai says he is thinking about holding presidential elections a year early, in 2013.

    Afghanistan's president has said he is considering holding presidential elections a year early, in 2013, and does not want to put too much pressure on the country when NATO combat forces are due to leave in 2014.

    In a news conference in Kabul, Hamid Karzai revealed he would either bring the transition forward or bring the elections forward.

    Realistically, bringing forward the NATO withdrawal is not a decision Karzai can make.

    Holding elections next year, however, would allow the government to make use of the protection and logistics that would be still available from NATO forces.

    AL Jazeera's Bernard Smith reports from Kabul.

    SOURCE: Al jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    America's Guns: Secret Pipeline to Syria

    America's Guns: Secret Pipeline to Syria

    How has the international arms trade exacerbated conflict in the Middle East? People and Power investigates.

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    In 1959, a year before Nigeria's independence, a 23-year-old student helped colour the country's identity.