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Afghan female lawmaker vows to continue hunger strike

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Kabul, Oct 10 (AFP) – A female Afghan politician expelled from parliament for alleged voter fraud vowed Sunday to continue her hunger strike outside parliament in Kabul until she is reinstated.
Monday, October 10, 2011 3:40:00 PM
Afghan female lawmaker vows to continue hunger strike

Simeen Barakzai, who began her hunger strike eight days ago, refused to be taken to a hospital or to take a glucose drip, even though a doctor told the French news agency that her health is entering a critical condition.

Barakzai is one of nine members of parliament removed from their seats in August by Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission, which is trying to resolve long-running allegations of voter fraud against some winners of a 2010 parliamentary vote.  Some lawmakers who boycotted parliament to protest the expulsions returned to their seats on Saturday.

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