US Envoy Gets Hot With Karzai Over Fraud

Source says Holbrooke meeting with Afghan prez was 'explosive,' 'dramatic bust-up'
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 27, 2009 7:10 PM CDT
Afghan President Hamid Karzai, right, speaks with US special envoy Richard Holbrooke in Kabul, July 25, 2009.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The top US envoy to Afghanistan held an “explosive” meeting with President Hamid Karzai last week, sources tell the BBC, with the “dramatic bust-up” focused on reports of election fraud. The meeting was held a day after the Aug. 20 election, before any results were released, but Richard Holbrooke pushed for a runoff to make the process appear more legitimate.