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Afghanistan curbs armed factions

Afghanistan has introduced a new law on political parties, which bans armed factions from politics. The Justice Minister, Abdulrahim Karimi, said that political groups backed by armed forces would not be allowed to register under the new legislation which has not yet been published. Correspondents say this could exclude a number of powerful figures from the political process, including the Defence Minister, Mohammed Fahim, and powerful regional warlords. Reports say the new law also prohibits political parties which are against Islam, or which promote racial, religious or sectarian hatred and violence. Full Story

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