Ghani to Abdullah: join hands for united Afghanistan
KABUL: On Wednesday, Presidential hopeful Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, calling upon his rival Dr. Abdullah to join hands for a unity government, asked the Independent Election Commission (IEC) to announce the results without further delay.
Addressing a gathering of his followers in Kabul, the former World Bank economist said the enemy should never think that Afghans were a divided nation. He urged Abdullah to continue political dialogue on forming the new government.
“We want to assure the people that we are ready to form an effective and broadly-based government,” the former finance minister said, promising he would never take steps that undermined the constitution in any way.
“Our patience is driven by national security concerns. People don’t want us to shout; they want us to act for the good of the nation,” Ahmadzai remarked, stressing the need for commitment to prevent a possible constitutional crisis.
“We will never allow anyone to bring disaster to the nation,” he asserted, calling upon the IEC so swiftly announce the runoff election results. He had agreed with Abdullah on a 100% audit of votes and there were no doubts about the credibility of the process.
“I want the commission to announce the results in the next few days and take the nation out of uncertainty,” Ghani said, a day after Abdullah rejected the outcome of the vote audit.
The former vice chancellor of the Kabul University said he was pursuing politics of accommodation and reconciliation — not polarisation. He also promised to honour his commitment to the people, saying he would not back out of his vows. (Pajhwok)