Afghan Supreme Court to examine parliamentary elections

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan's  Supreme Court has set up a special tribunal to review complaints of fraud stemming from the September parliamentary elections — a decision that could bring new uncertainty to a poll already marred by massive irregularities.
The development comes less than a month before the 249-seat parliament convenes on Jan. 20 and it remains unclear if the tribunal can make any decisions that could alter the final result, which has been accepted by the international community.
But it is sure to complicate the tainted election process and bring more doubt about Afghanistan's ability to govern itself as the US-led coalition makes plans to gradually hand over responsibility for the country to its own security forces by 2014.
President Hamid Karzai issued a decree Sunday empowering the five-member tribunal, his legal adviser Nasrullah Stanekzai told The Associated Press on Monday.