Saturday, October 25, 2014

New Afghan President's Style

A New York Times correspondent in Kabul, Azam Ahmed, provides us with a behind the scenes look of President Ghani. The newly elected president has been developing some momentum in his administration. He immediately signed the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA). He very quickly re-opened the Kabul Bank fraud investigation; putting the corrupt Karzai clan into the HP mode. To the consternation of conservative religious leaders his wife is publicly on display. Sometimes though, it is the little things that matter; and Ghani has shown that all aspects of governance are important to him at every level. He seems to prefer institutions over politics. While he may not be successful, it certainly is a refreshing change over the crook Afghanistan had for a president previously. Read more in "Learning a New Afghan President's Style", The New York Times, October 23, 2014.

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