Afghan-Canadian named new Kandahar governor

Afghan-Canadian named new Kandahar governor


An Afghan-Canadian academic was named the new governor of Kandahar province Thursday.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai offered the job to Tooryalai Wesa, 58, of Coquitlam, B.C., during a lunch meeting earlier in the day.

An agricultural expert at the University of British Columbia, Wesa grew up near Kandahar City. He's lived in B.C. for about 13 years, where his wife also works at UBC. They have three daughters.

The governor's post has been filled by two different people in the past eight months.

Former army Gen. Rahmatullah Raufi left the post in early December. He has said he was fired for running afoul of regional power brokers.

Raufi replaced Gov. Asadullah Khalid, whose tenure was marred by allegations he was personally involved in the torture of at least one prisoner in Kandahar. Khalid denied the reports.

Former Canadian foreign affairs minister Maxime Bernier committed a diplomatic blunder earlier this year by publicly musing that Khalid should be fired.

The gaffe reportedly forced Karzai to delay firing Khalid for several months.

The governor of Kandahar is generally considered Canada's biggest ally in the volatile southern province where the bulk of the roughly 2,700 Canadian troops are stationed.

Canadian soldiers are working alongside NATO and U.S.-led coalition forces in an effort to restore security in the region that is a hotbed for Taliban activity.

Since the mission started six years ago, 103 Canadian soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan.

I wonder if this guy will make any paticular difference in that area of the country, being from both countries and Canadians are operating in that province.
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Lets here it for democracy!

And here some people thought we were being imperialists. This is proof the Afghan government isn't a puppet regime. And look how responsible they are! What a wise choice they made!
Agriculture? BC? Afghanistan? Is BC bud is about to get a shot of Afghan agricultural knowhow? When will we start to import more Afghan agricultural products? What could be better for nation building? Those are some of the unanswered questions domestic farmers are asking. I used to favour indicas, maybe new strains could win me back.
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