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Afghan parliamentary elections face possible delay, foreign minister says

[JURIST] Parliamentary elections in Afghanistan [JURIST news archive] set for this spring may be delayed by up to two months due to technical problems, Afghan Foreign Minister Abdullah [Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs website] said Thursday. Although many observers have previously warned of potential delays [JURIST report], Abdullah's comments are the first by a government official acknowledging that elections might not occur by the May 20 deadline. The delay has been blamed on the difficulty of organizing the elections, which require the completion of a nationwide census and includes more candidates than the October presidential election. Abdullah made the comments while attending the World Economic Forum [official website] in Davos, Switzerland. AP has more.

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