Loya Jirga

An elderly inhabitant of a village in Badakhshan, Afghanistan, votes for the first time in his life at the Loya Jirga elections. The Loya Jirga election process in the Northeastern provinces of Afghanistan in 2002. Manoocher spent two months as UN monitor in this area where 21,000 villagers were chosen, village-by-village, to the time the pool was narrowed down to 1,500 elected delegates who made their journey to Kabul. There they gathered for nine days, and after much debate, ultimately in early June 2002 fostered the election of President Hamid Karzai and the establishment of the Transitional Authority.

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