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By Amanda Terkel on January 6, 2008 at 4:32 pm

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Amount the Bush administration devoted “to strengthen political parties in Pakistan” in 2006. Much of the $22 million spent on democracy programs went to the Election Commission, which is largely controlled by President Pervez Musharraf. In 2008, the democracy budget was doubled to $41 million — still less than that given to Kosovo. According to U.S. officials, “the administration shied away from building a robust democracy program in Pakistan because it did not want to offend Musharraf.”

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