November 3, 2004


Karzai Becomes Afghanistan's First Elected President (Ayaz Gul, 3 November 2004, VOA News)

Afghanistan's transitional leader Hamid Karzai has won the war-shattered country's first-ever presidential election. the announcement came after a special panel endorsed the election results as free and fair.

The United Nations-Afghan joint electoral commission has announced that interim leader Hamid Karzai is the winner of the October 9 presidential election in Afghanistan.

It says Mr. Karzai has won more than 55 percent of the vote and no run-off vote will be needed.

Entirely fitting that the world's newsest democracy got its leader on the same day we did. Tony Blair caused a gasp during PM's Question Time when he opened by saying: "I'm sure the whole House joins me in congratulating..." but then named Karzai instead of Bush and brought gales of relieved laughter.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 3, 2004 2:35 PM
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