Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Protests Against Corruption in Oruzgan Province After Australian Withdrawal

The remote province of Oruzgan in central Afghanistan is undergoing some security, corruption, and governance difficulties just two months after the Australia withdrawal from the province. Protests have broken out in Tarin Kowt - the capital of Oruzgan. The protesters are calling attention to the collusion of the provincial governor with the Taliban. They also cite numerous instances of corruption where aid money provided by foreign donor nations have been diverted by the provincial governor. There apparently is a big rift between the provincial governor and the provincial chief of police (Matiullah Khan). Provincial governors are not elected but are appointed through a process orchestrated by President Karzai. Read more in "Afghanistan: Violent protests break out in Oruzgan two months after Australians leave", The Sidney Morning Herald, February 10, 2014.

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