Afghanistan: President Ashraf Ghani reelected

Afghan warlord denounces Ghani vote'coup but streets calm

The Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced the final election results late on Tuesday, declaring Ashraf Ghani as the President of Afghanistan.

After five months of waiting, the results of Afghanistan's elections of September 2019 were released yesterday.

"The United Nations will continue its work to support the people and institutions of Afghanistan, including all political parties, providing impartial and expert advice" to encourage electoral officials to "address the candidates' understandable desire to have clarity on decisions taken related to audits and recounts", it said.

Abdullah was quick to dismiss the final count.

He is now threatening to form his own parallel federal government.

At that time, Abdullah, who is chief executive officer of the state, contested the official results, declared victory, and vowed to form "an all-inclusive government". "The fraudsters are the shame of history and we announce our inclusive government", Abdullah said at a press conference in Kabul.

One of the main stumbling blocks in the negotiations has been the Taliban's refusal to acknowledge the Afghan government, which it claims is nothing more than an American stooge.

"After the end of the invasion the Muslim people of Afghanistan will decide about their internal issues and will adopt their political faith", the statement said.

Ghani and Abdullah head a fragile national unity government that was put together under US pressure after both leaders claimed victory in Afghanistan's last elections in 2014.

"Abdullah, in comments to supporters broadcast by media outlets, said he considered the election results ïllegal".

That time, Abdullah's supporters held violent demonstrations before the United States finally intervened to broker an awkward deal between the two rivals. In the meantime, the Taliban militant group said in a statement that the election results contradict the content of the peace process.

The long-awaited, enormously hyped visit of the mercurial US President, Donald Trump, to India is just three days away.

His peace envoy, Zalmay Khalilzad, said on Monday that he was "cautiously optimistic" about progress toward an eventual deal, adding that the U.S. has "commitments from the Talibs on security issues".

The Taliban also rejected the result announced on Tuesday and termed Ghani's re-election to be against the peace process.

The agreement is set to pave the way for crucial intra-Afghan talks between the political leadership and the Taliban.

Last week, Ghani welcomed "notable progress" made in talks between the US and the Taliban.

Shafiqi and Forugh believe that the global community, particularly the USA, will want a swift end to the prevailing tensions and will be pushing Ghani and Abdullah to form a broad-based government soon.

As for Abdullah's next steps, Noori said the talks were "more important" than fraud allegations.

Two Western diplomats in Kabul said that the election result was vital. We do not accept the fraudulent results.

The Elections Committee said that 9.6 millions Afghans were eligible to vote last September.



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