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Welcome to Kabul:Reconstructions. You can follow the information below, which has been gathered from a
number of sources by a number of participants (click on the names at left for bios), to reconstruct your
own picture of events in Kabul since this site was launched on March 8th, 2003 and, in a sense, since the
reconstruction of Afghanistan began somewhere in the winter of 2001-02.
Some of this information has been provided in response to specific questions submitted by visitors like you. Please note that this section of the project is now maintained as an archive and has not been updated since 2005. Click here to ASK A QUESTION.
Arian Mouj Sharifi
New law will ban warlords from elected office (AP)
The Associated Press October 12, 2003 1:43 PM Eastern Time New Afghan election law bans political parties from having private armies By DANIEL COONEY The Afghan government banned warlords Sunday from taking part in politics, a move that would prevent some of the country's top leaders from participating in next year's pivotal elections. The new law is seen as crucial to helping the country become a stable democracy, as Afghanistan has long been dominated by private militias whose rivalry kept the country at war for 23 years. "Nobody with armed forces behind them can continue their political activities," Justice Minister Abdulrahim Karimi told a new conference Sunday. The law, if enforced, is likely to affect several of the nation's leaders. The Northern Alliance, which supported Hamid Karzai in becoming president after the ouster of the Taliban in late 2001, is a collection of warlords - many of them provincial governors or national politicians. There are also warlords in Karzai's Cabinet. Defense Minister Mohammed Fahim, for example, maintains one of the largest private armies, and many of his soldiers are based in the capital, Kabul. Fahim is an ethnic Tajik and seen as a potential political rival to Karzai, an ethnic Pashtun. It was not clear how the government, which has little power outside Kabul, would enforce the law. Approved by the government Saturday, the law also dictates that a political party must have at least 700 members before it can be registered. "This is another important step toward democracy," Karimi said. The measure comes as political leaders start to position themselves for general elections in June. Karzai's government is a coalition of several ethnic groups and political factions; it will be a major challenge for him to keep it together. Fahim and other members of the Northern Alliance met earlier this month in the capital while Karzai was overseas, and are believed to have discussed withdrawing their support for the president. Karzai's administration appears to be becoming less tolerant of criticism as the polls draw closer. On Saturday, it shut down the country's second most-popular newspaper, state-run Armon Mali, apparently after it ran a series of critical articles. Deputy Information Minister Abdul Hamid Mubarrez denied the government closed the newspaper to end the criticism and said it was because there were now enough privately run papers for the public to read.
Posted By: mariam   October 20th 2003, 2003 6:31 PM
Kabul: Partial Reconstructions is an installation
and public dialogue project that explores the multiple meanings and resonances of
the idea of reconstruction -- as both process and metaphor -- in the context of present-day Kabul.
www.kabul-reconstructions.net is an online discussion forum, information resource, and medium for the communication of questions and answers about the reconstruction between people inside and outside the city of Kabul itself.