Martin Gerner, freelance journalist & correspondent, reports from Afghanistan
Sonntag, 16. November 2014
In Pope Francis' footsteps?
Due to technical problems this blog is back now only.
I published a series of observations in the aftermath
of the second round of the Presidential elections
From the first weeks of Ashraf Ghani's government
of national unity it becomes clear that he wants to distance
himself in many ways from his predecessor Karzai.
It needs to be seen though - and can only be answered in time -
which of the symbolical steps Ghani has taken over the first
couple of weeks can lead to substantially new governmental
structures he aims at.
That goes especially for the case of the Kabul Bank trial and the announced reform
of the judiciary as one of the biggest challenges in order to reform
some of the major Afghan institutions. A bit like with the election of pope Francis,
a number of new habits are there (see the way Ghani's Christian-Lebanese wife Rula is taking
part in the public debate on the issue of women's role in society), it remains unclear
if and how the political centers of power sourrounding the new head of state
will follow way.
This is an independent blog on Afghanistan. I have been working regularly in Afghanistan as a freelance reporter and correspondent mostly with national German media in the past ten years. I've also been a trainer for a new generation of Afghan journalists and with organisations of the Afghan civil society, last not least an guest author with AAN Afghanistan Analysts network. All photos on this page are from the author, unless signaled differently. Reproduction in any illegal form is prohibited. This blog comes in English and in German language.
Dieser Blog versteht sich als ein unabhängiges Informations-Angebot zum Thema Afghanistan. Als freier Autor und Korrespondent arbeite seit Anfang 2004 regelmäßig am Hindukusch für deutsche Medien und ARD-Hörfunk, daneben vor allem auch in der Ausbildung afghanischer Journalisten/
-innen und der afghanischen Zivilgesellschaft. Der Blog versucht u.a. Stimmen von Afghanen stärker in die Debatte einfliessen zu lassen. Fotos in diesem Blog stammen sämtlich vom Autor soweit nicht anders gekennzeichnet. Das Reproduzieren oder die Verwendung in anderen Formen bedarf der ausdrücklichen Zustimmung.