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Security Fears Delay Afghan Vote

The new United Nations envoy to Afghanistan has said it is still not possible to set a date for presidential elections planned for this summer. Jean Arnault said security problems remain the major obstacle to holding the elections as planned in June. Political freedom and the patchy pace of disarmament were also areas of concern, he said. Earlier, a leader of the former ruling Taleban warned that Afghans risked being attacked if they voted. “The people of Afghanistan must not participate in the election,” Mullah Dadullah told Reuters. “If they do, they will come under Taleban attack.” However, the head of Nato-led peacekeepers in Afghanistan said he believed free and fair elections could still be held. “We think the security environment is improving and will get to the point where successful elections can occur and be free and fair,” Lieutenant General Rick Hillier said. Full Story

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