Afghan court begins overturning election results

By REUTERS
June 23, 2011 10:31

 
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KABUL - A special Afghanbri court set up by President Hamid Karzai after fraud-marred parliamentary elections last year began overturning results from dozens of seats on Thursday, raising fears among Western observers of a constitutional crisis.

The court ruled that dozens of elected lawmakers would have to vacate their seats because of alleged poll fraud.

Karzai's critics have said the court was set up after the disputed 2010 election in which Karzai's rivals made major gains to further his political aims rather than serve justice.

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