Afghanistan election: Female MP refutes ‘heavy’ make-up news report

Afghan news channel, Ariana, has focused on female candidates’ appearance in the run-up to the parliamentary election on 20 October.

Naheed Farid – who has been a member of the country’s national assembly since 2010 – says news reports like this one “damage the process of democracy”.

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