Anne Barrowclough
Times Online
April 7, 2010

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Afghan president Hamid Karzai’s “mental stability” is in doubt, America’s former top diplomat at the United Nations mission to Afghanistan has claimed.

In an interview with a US cable television network Peter Galbraith, the former UN deputy head of mission in Afghanistan described Mr Karzai as “emotional” and “off balance,” and called for President Obama vastly to limit his power to appoint officials until he proved himself a reliable partner to the US.

“He’s prone to tirades. He can be very emotional, act impulsively,” Mr Galbraith told MSNBC.

Mr Galbraith’s comments will do nothing to soothe deepening tensions between Afghanistan and the US, with Mr Karzai blaming foreigners for last year’s election fraud, accusing Western troops of meddling in his country’s internal affairs and even threatening to join the Taleban.

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