Afghanistan: Post-Taliban Governance, Security, and U.S. Policy [December 30, 2009] [open pdf - 934KB]
"U.S. strategy--which depends on the presence of a legitimate Afghan partner to implement--was complicated by the widespread fraud allegations in the August 20, 2009, presidential election. Following extensive investigation, President Hamid Karzai accepted a run-off vote with the second-place finisher, former Foreign Minister Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, as required by the Afghan constitution. However, Dr. Abdullah, pulled out of the run-off and Karzai was declared the winner of the presidency on November 2. He was inaugurated November 19 and presented to parliament a new cabinet on December 19. It retained about half the incumbents, including most of the widely praised economic sector ministers, but also included some new figures purportedly linked to traditional ethnic and political faction leaders."
CRS Report for Congress, RL30588