Posted by: Christian | June 17, 2009

Ashraf Ghani’s Presidential Election Ad

Who’s the target of this presidential election ad?

I was curious to see any local Ashraf Ghani TV ads that are actually aimed at Afghans. I went to his Dari page and found only a video message to the Oxford Research Group in English. Perhaps a local ad will eventually appear on his youtube page? For all the rest you can check out the English section of his website.

If anyone sees a local TV ad in Afghanistan, please let me know. I would love to see a transcript (I should be able to read through it slowly if in Dari) or a copy of it online. I’m curious as to how the phrasing will go and what the message will be.

I’m not trying to pick on the guy (everybody seems to think he was a really competent minister and all that), but is does seem like he appeals more to an international audience than to locals.

[Update]: Just got the official email, the ad is specifically targeted at Afghan expats overseas.

And the only poll so far (albeit of unknown accuracy) was not kind to him.


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