Saturday, October 30, 2004

Iran terms Afghan election as significant development

:: Xinhuanet - English ::: "Iran terms Afghan election as significant development

www.chinaview.cn 2004-10-30 00:48:00

TEHRAN, Oct. 30 (Xinhuanet) -- A top Iranian official on Saturday praised the recent presidential elections in Afghanistan, terming it as a significant development for the country and the region, the official IRNA news agency reported.

"Replacing the backward Afghan government by a democratic one is a great development and the entire region will benefit from it," Mohsen Aminzadeh, Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia and the Pacific Affairs, was quoted as saying.

"Despite the shortcomings, the voting was a great victory for the people of the country," Aminzadeh said, referring to the disputes over the voting.

"Given that the presidential elections was the first of its type in the history of Afghanistan, it is considered as the most crucial event in the country's contemporary history toward political and social development," Aminzadeh added.

He also noted the participation of Afghan women in the election, saying that "this was the first time that Afghan women took part in an important social development and the voters turnout in some areas was unexpectedly high."

Aminzadeh commented that in a country with multi-ethnic structure which always led to civil war, the rivalry among candidates from all ethnic groups and faiths and even women in the elections was of great importance.

Afghan launched its presidential election in early November, in which 16 candidates competed for the post, including Hamid Karzai, the incumbent president of the interim government. But the oppositions of Karzai claimed the voting was unjustified."

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