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Please see the attached quote, for your use, from Michael Kugelman, Deputy Director of the Asia Program at The Wilson Center in Washington, DC:

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While the election has now received some much-needed closure, Ghani’s victory by such a small margin based on very low turnout is problematic. A leader with many rivals will be taking over with a small mandate, and that could undermine his legitimacy at a moment when he could soon be expected to put together a negotiating team and lead peace talks with the Taliban. I fear that his narrow victory could exacerbate Afghanistan’s political divides and complicate efforts to establish and sustain an intra-Afghan dialogue with the Taliban.

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