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Located in Kabul, Afghanistan, CAPS is an independent, research centre that strives to conduct action-oriented research which will influence policy-makers. It works diligently towards building local capacity to produce conflict and threat assessments that will influence the safety and security of the people serving the governments, and international aid organizations.
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Oct 27, 2011
Who should we call political or partisan opposition in Afghanistan?

By Sayed Maisam Wahidi
In the present political situation, ‘opposition’ is a new and popular term in the literature of Afghan politics. Opposition manifests itself in divergence of opinions between the government and its people. Sometimes, opposition could appear in a sophisticated and organized political party and sometimes opposition movements flow and become a revolution. In the Afghan political environment, however, an opposition entity has not properly formed. The term ‘opposition’ can have good or bad connotations, but it is the consequence of political plurality in Afghan society that people express their opinions publicly and criticize the government in the post-Taliban era. More than 80 political parties were registered before the first Parliamentary election in 2005. However, subsequently there was no progression of strong political parties to enhance the people’s political participation.

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