Last week’s headline:
The UN envoy to Afghanistan says the presidential election run-off will take place in two weeks, despite rumours of talks between the two candidates.
Kai Eide told the BBC that people would vote under extremely difficult circumstances, but that he believed the right plans were being set in train.
It had been hard to get President Hamid Karzai to accept a run-off, he said.
President Hamid Karzai’s rival in the second round of the Afghan presidential election has announced in Kabul that he is withdrawing from the poll.
“I will not participate in the election,” Dr Abdullah told supporters, saying his demands for ensuring a fraud-free election had not been met.
But he stopped short of calling for a boycott of next Saturday’s vote.
Mr Karzai had rejected his demand that election officials who presided over the first round should be dismissed.
Terrible news on its own merit of course, but you really have to wonder whether, in the span of all human history, such a self-important set of incandescent mediocrities has ever been previously assembled.