Afghanistan’s Big Tent Politics: TIME Explains the Loya Jirga

Thomas Barfield, College of Arts & Sciences

Thousands of tribal elders from across Afghanistan will gather in Kabul on Thursday for a Loya Jirga, which is Pashto for grand council…

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“There are no losers, that’s the essence of the Loya Jirga. It’s a consensus thing. It’s not a question of two-thirds majority; it will vote unanimously, because the dissenters will refuse to attend and refuse to vote.”

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