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Afghanistan Set for Elections




  	 Afghan municipality workers clear garbage in front of parliamentary election campaign billboards of various candidates in Kabul on September 6, 2010. (Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images)

Afghan municipality workers clear garbage in front of parliamentary election campaign billboards of various candidates in Kabul on September 6, 2010. (Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images)

Afghanistan's future seems bleak. With upcoming parliamentary elections set for Saturday, September 18, Asia Society Executive Vice President Jamie Metzl is doubtful the vote will stop conditions from deteriorating in the country.

"With the corruption of the Karzai regime at epic proportions, the Taliban's strength increasing, and Pakistan showing little sign of ending its support for the Afghan Taliban, there is little cause for optimism about the future of Afghanistan," Metzl said.

"This weekend's elections will do nothing to change these trends. If they do less damage than the August 2009 elections, that would at least be a most humble form of progress."

To read more on Asia Society's resources on Afghanistan, click here.

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