The New Leader Of The Islamic Republic Of Afghanistan

1057 Words Nov 9th, 2015 5 Pages
In 2014, Ashraf Ghani was elected as the new leader of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. This was the second time in the country’s history that a direct election was held and a position of power was democratically transferred. As a matter of fact, the country has made progress since 2001, when a United States-led invasion, with the help of UN, toppled the Taliban government. After decades of being ruled mostly under an emirate, monarchy, and dictatorship, Afghanistan now runs under a democracy. According to Huntington, democracy is where the “most powerful collective decision-makers are selected through fair, honest and periodic elections in which candidates clearly compete for votes and in which virtually all the adult population is eligible to vote.” However, this definition causes trouble whether Afghanistan should truly be considered a democracy. As a matter of fact, both the Karzai and Ghani administrations have met criticisms and allegations for governmental corruption and electoral fraud. Aside from systemic corruption, the forces that threaten the country’s transition towards democracy include the Taliban and other extremist Muslim groups and insurgents within the country. Afghanistan’s political and social climate is defined starting with the Taliban’s operations within the country, the weak attempt of the US-led invasion to spearhead a democratic movement, and the incessant corruption that the Afghan people still face today.
Taliban Regime First, it is very…
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