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Letter of the week: Karzai has to preside over a corrupt government

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Alex de Waal’s account of the tough realities of Afghan politics (December) should be welcomed. Yes, the government of Afghanistan is corrupt. So whoever is governing the country—whether President Karzai or anyone else—has no choice but to rule through a diverse and disparate coalition. Out of necessity, this coalition uses public funds to finance and hold together a complex system of patronage. A look at 18th-century British politics provides some clues as to how this works—though Afghanistan’s problems are far…

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