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Afghans To Replace Nine Parliament Members

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 21 (UPI) — Afghanistan’s election commission said Sunday it would change the results of elections for nine seats in Parliament.

The Independent Election Commission said it would remove nine members of Parliament and restore nine other candidates who had been accused of election irregularities.

“We did not willingly get involved in this case, but it was our obligation to end this crisis,” commission Chairman Fazil Ahmad Manawi told a news conference in Kabul.

The New York Times said the commission had been under intense political pressure for nearly a year since declaring it could not overturn the controversial election results. The standoff had prevented President Hamid Karzai from appointing Cabinet members and supreme court judges.

Many of the affected elections involved Karzai’s Pashtun ethnic group.

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