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Hamid Karzai blames foreign govts for corruption

December 22, 2012


Hamid Karzai—AP Photo
Afghan President Hamid Karzai. — AP Photo

KABUL: Afghan President Hamid Karzai charged the countries that fund his government and military with enabling the widespread corruption that undermines his efforts to establish rule of law in the war-wracked country.    

Karzai said in a nationally televised speech Saturday that the Afghan government had been making strides in cleaning up corruption within its own ranks.

He said there was still plenty of work to be done, but argued that internal graft was negligible compared with hundreds of millions of dollars spent by foreign governments in shady dealings.

International donors have long argued that they have been trying to help Karzai's administration clean up the endemic corruption but have been stymied by his unwillingness to prosecute political allies.

Karzai frequently levels attacks on his foreign allies, blaming them for Afghanistan's ills.