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Abdullah underlines election reforms

  KABUL: Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Saturday stressed the need for reforms in the electoral system, saying the next five years offered a great chance of bringing prosperity to the country. Addressing influential figures from northern Balkh province at his residence, Dr. Abdullah said, people wanted respect for their rights, rule of law, proper services, good governance. The ...

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Dr. Ghani credential reveals he secured 55.27% of the votes

Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, the president-elect of Afghanistan received presidentials credential from the Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Friday. IEC Chief, Ahmad Yousuf Nuristani presented the credentials to Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai during a press conference. Dr. Ghani has secured 55.27 percent of the total votes during the runoff presidential election, the credential reveals. According to the cre ...

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Abdullah himself to take over as CEO

KABUL: Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, runner-up in the disputed presidential election, has made up his mind to assume the chief executive position, a well-placed source said on Wednesday. As part of his deal with president-elect Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on the national unity government, the ex-foreign minister himself would take over as CEO, the source confided to Pajhwok Afghan News. Close to Abdullah and familia ...

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Obama, Ban promise support to president-elect

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama on Sunday called to congratulate president-elect Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and CEO-designate Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on reaching an agreement on a unity government, the White House said. “The president spoke with Dr. Ashraf Ghani and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah earlier today to congratulate them on concluding their agreement for a government of national unity and safeguarding t ...

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The Election Has Further Strengthened National Unity: Ghani

Speaking at a press conference on Monday evening, President-elect Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, praised people's patience throughout the prolonged election process, stating that the process has further strengthened national unity in Afghanistan. "The election process has strengthened our national unity," he asserted. "There is no room for partition or division in the country. We are united and we will remain unite ...

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UN welcomes signing of agreement on unity government

21 September 2014 – After months of uncertainty, the United Nations has welcomed the agreement signed today by Afghanistan's two presidential candidates, Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, to establish a government of national unity as an important step to move the country towards a period of stability. “The uncertainty of the past months has taken a heavy toll on Afghanistan's security, economy, ...

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Dr. Ashraf Ghani declared Next President, but final tally kept secret

This announcement came just hours after Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and rival, Abdullah Abdullah, signed a power-sharing agreement to end two months of wrangling over accusations of vote fraud. Kabul- (AE Report) The Independent Election commission declared Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai the country’s president-elect on Sunday after an acrimonious dispute over ballot fraud, but did not give the final vote tally after a U. ...

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Election Commission Declares Ashraf Ghani Next President

KABUL: Ashraf Ghani was declared Afghanistan's next president on Sunday after winning the June 14 election, officials said, ending months of disputes over allegations of massive fraud that tipped the country into a political crisis. "The Independent Election Commission declares Dr Ashraf Ghani as the president, and thus announces the end of election process," commission chief Ahmad Yousaf Nuristani told rep ...

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Final vote results announcement likely today, IEC says

KABUL- (AE Report) Afghanistan's long drawn-out presidential election may finally be coming to an end. Nearly six months after Afghans cast ballots in the first-round vote, the country's election commission on Saturday said it would announce final, audited results on Sunday from the two-man runoff held in June. UN and Afghan election officials spent weeks auditing those results after allegations of vote fra ...

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Election Impasse Unhelpful for the Security Situation

Amidst the election stalemate, the militant groups are increasingly stepping up their attacks across the country. The Taliban clearly aim to further destabilize the country while it is experiencing two important transitions: military transition from NATO to Afghan forces and political transition through the ongoing election which is almost deadlocked now. On Tuesday, the militants who organized the bombing ...

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Watchdog confirms receiving audit outcome

Watchdog confirms receiving audit outcome KABUL: The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) on Monday announced receiving results of the UN-supervised nationwide audit of ballots cast in the runoff polls. On Sunday, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced completion of the vote audit process and said the results would be shared soon with the electoral watchdog. Results of 405 suspect ...

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Massoud Day and the Elections

The day before the anniversary of Ahmad Shah Massoud’s assassination by two Arab infiltrators, Presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah demanded his supporters not to dishonor Massoud Day, or officially Shaheed Day, by mixing it with ongoing electoral politics. This was viewed as wise move by his camp as the election tensions are flaring these days. However, despite the call from Abdullah, the ceremony for ...

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The Endless Election Stalemate

Two days after presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah told a news conference that the process was faced a stalemate and that he would not accept a fraudulent election outcome, another presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai warned he was not going to compromise the constitution. Mr. Ahmadzai asserted that he is committed to the unity government deal and would continue talks with Abdullah’s camp. As t ...

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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 ...

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IEC refuses to give date for election result

KABUL: The Independent Election Commission (IEC) said on Wednesday the compilation of presidential election results would be completed by the end of the current week. The IEC spokesman hoped both candidates would endorse a political agreement before the results are announced, refusing to give a specific date for unveiling the outcome. Noor Mohammad Noor told a news conference that votes from 668 of 18,560 p ...

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Presidential candidates asked to end deadlock

KABUL: United Nation secretary general Ban ki-Moon urges Afghanistan’s two presidential candidates, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai to conclude an agreement on a government of national unity in accordance with the commitments they reached on 12 July. The Secretary-General said that Afghanistan was passing critical period, and that genuine partnership was required to tackle the challenges ...

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Abdullah says his team will not accept the election result

Afghanistan’s controversial presidential election was once again taken towards a deadlock after the Reform and Partnership tem led by Dr. Abdullah Abdullah announced their stance regarding the election process. The announcement by Dr. Abdullah comes as last round of talks between the two candidates over national unity government formation did not yield any result. Abdullah said the political process has now ...

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Abdullah Issues Final Deadline As Negotiations Face Impasse

Abdullah Abdullah's campaign on Sunday said that a final round of meetings would be held with the rival camp on Monday, but that if nothing to break the election deadlock comes, he will announce his stance on the election and its results. "We have given one more day to them," Abdullah spokesman Waheed Omer said on Sunday. "If we do not reach an agreement, we will announce our stand and after that, the rival ...

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Obama urges rival Afghan candidates to reach a deal

KABUL: US President Barak Obama has had separate telephone conversations with the rival Afghan presidential candidates on Sunday, urging them to reach an understanding. Representatives of both electoral camps have confirmed that Ashraf Ghania and Abdullah Abdullah each spoke with the US President this evening. It is hoped that this will break the ice and both candidates will intensify their efforts to reach ...

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Germany offers help to resolve election standoff

KABUL: Visiting German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeir has offered his country’s support to resolve the protracted political impasse in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said on Saturday. A MoFA statement said the purpose of Steinmeir’s visit to Kabul was to reiterate Germany’s cooperation with Afghanistan for ensuring a peaceful transfer of power. The visiting dignitary held in de ...

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