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power grab would mean US aid cutoff

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says any action to seize power illegally in Afghanistan would lead to the end of U.S. financial and security support. Kerry says suggestions of a "parallel government" in Afghanistan are a grave concern. Afghan official released preliminary election results Monday showing former finance minister Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai in the lead for the presidency. But millions of ballots ...

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Ghani wins fraud-hit presidential election

Former World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani won Afghanistan’s presidential election, according to preliminary results Monday, but his poll rival Abdullah Abdullah rejected the outcome as “a coup against the will of the people.” Fraud allegations immediately sparked a dispute and stoked concerns of instability after the figures showed Ghani collected 56.4 percent of the runoff vote against former Foreign Minist ...

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Kerry expresses “gravest concern” over reports of “parallel government”

July 8 (TAED) -- Secretary of State John Kerry said he has noted reports of protests in Afghanistan and suggestions of a "parallel government" with the "gravest concern," the State Department announced on Tuesday. "The United States expects Afghan electoral institutions to conduct a full and thorough review of all reasonable allegations of irregularities," Kerry said in the statement. "At the same time, the ...

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Afghans Await election results

Kabul - Afghanistan will announce preliminary results of a June 14 presidential election run-off as planned on Monday, an election commission spokeswoman said, seeming to quash speculation that the announcement might be delayed again. The two candidates, Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani, have clashed over the vote, and refusal by either of them to accept the outcome could plunge Afghanistan into a dangero ...

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Afghan Presidential Candidates to Meet Soon to Discuss Election Problems

"The two presidential candidates will meet to reach an agreement on a plan to guarantee elections' transparency in the near future," Oria told FNA on Wednesday. He noted that the main reason for the meeting between Abdullah and Ahmadzai is achieving a mechanism to prepare the grounds for differentiating between fake and real votes. Afghan President Hamid Karzai is in favor of the UN intervening in the presi ...

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Afghan presidential election result delayed for recounting

Kabul, 1 July: The preliminary result of Afghanistan's presidential election run-off has been delayed for several days for a recount of ballots in 2,000 voting centres amid a dispute over fraud, officials said today. “We have started inspecting the votes in around 2,000 polling centres after the commission decided to make sure of transparency,” Independent Election Commission member Sharifa Zurmati told AFP ...

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How Facebook is seen as a threat to Afghan unity

When Facebook arrived here, it quickly became an emblem for progress and freedom in post-Taliban Afghanistan. But as a bitter electoral dispute takes hold of Kabul, both Afghan and foreign officials worry that social media is now worsening Afghanistan's ethnic and political fault lines. What once appeared to be a long-awaited outlet for expression - promoted heavily by Western officials - is now something t ...

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Noor Asks Candidates To Respect IEC Decision

KABUL: The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Monday said all questions raised by presidential candidate Dr. Abdullah Abdullah were answered in line with established law, asking President Hamid Karzai to encourage Abdullah to rejoin the election process. Addressing a news conference here, IEC Spokesman Noor Mohammad Noor reiterated reservations expressed by Abdullah were responded positively as per el ...

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The Deepening Election Crisis

The deadlock over the presidential elections is further deepening with Abdullah’s camp questioning legitimacy of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) and the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC). According to Abdullah’s team, the IEC has rejected the major demands the team had proposed for resolving the election stalemate, while the IEC officials maintain they have accepted all of Dr. Abdullah’s deman ...

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All Election Stakeholders Must Help UN Mediation

The Independent Election Commission (IEC) and the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) is preparing for announcement of the preliminary results of the second round of the elections. ECC officials say they are completing probing the complaints and will soon announce the results of their judgment for the thousands of complaints registered in the second round of elections. This is while the while the dispute ...

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Address the Legitimate Demands of Protestors

With the electoral bodies failing to address complaints regarding concerted vote rigging, the candidates seem to be choosing other options in the dispute. On Friday, thousands of supporters of Abdullah Abdullah took to streets in downtown Kabul and demanded cleansing the people’s votes. Abdullah is boycotting the vote counting, while the electoral bodies are preparing for announcement of the preliminary res ...

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UN holds talks to broker Afghan election deal

KABUL: The United Nations said Tuesday it had stepped in to help broker a solution to Afghanistan's election crisis, hosting talks between presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah and the election authority that he has boycotted. Afghanistan's first democratic transfer of power was thrown into turmoil when Abdullah said the Independent Election Commission (IEC) was guilty of fraud and he considered it illeg ...

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Elections Comission Senior Member resigns

Chief electoral officer has resigned in a bid to resolve a political crisis over allegations of massive fraud in the run-off presidential vote earlier this month. Zia ul-Haq Amarkhail said he denies any involvement in fraud but is stepping down "for the national interest". One of the two candidates, Abdullah Abdullah, has said his campaign monitors recorded ballot box stuffing and other irregularities. He s ...

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Resolve the Election Stalemate

President Hamid Karzai welcomed a UN mediation for Afghanistan’s election stalemate. Earlier, presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah had denounced the electoral bodies for their partiality in the elections and called on his team observers to cut ties with the Independent Election Commission and the Electoral Complaints Commission. Abdullah insisted that the electoral bodies have lost credibility as they h ...

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The Elections in Crisis

The IEC secretariat chief Zia-ul Haq Amrkhil’s role in the alleged extensive vote rigging is now being backed up by a possibly credible proof, if the authenticity of the audio file released on Sunday by independent parties. In the audio file, Abdullah’s campaign team says, Amrkhil orders officials of the Independent Election Commission to work hard in rigging the votes in favor of presidential candidate Ash ...

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Nuristani Confirms Delay In Partial Results

KABUL: The Independent Election Commission on Saturday said the release of partial results had been delayed for a few days to resolve electoral problems. At a news conference in Kabul, Ahmad Yousaf Nuristani said partial results were scheduled to be made public today, but the process was put on hold to resolve some problems. But he gave no further details. Also on Saturday, the UN secretary-general special ...

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Hundreds Rally In Kabul Against Election Anomalies

KABUL: Supporters of presidential hopeful Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Saturday staged two separate protest demonstrations in Kabul, demanding the prosecution of those involved the June 14 runoff fraud. Haji Khalil, one of the demonstrators, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the two electoral bodies and the government had been involved in massive fraud during the second round of the election. He warned if genuine a ...

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UN Ready to Help Break Electoral Impasse

KABUL: The UN secretary-general’s deputy special representative for Afghanistan, Nicholas Haysom, on Saturday announced a delay in the release of partial results from the runoff presidential election. At a media briefing in Kabul, Haysom said the move was aimed to build confidence between the two presidential candidates. One of the runners, Dr. Abdullah, crying foul, earlier said he would not accept the res ...

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Votes From 20 Polling Centres To Be Quarantined

KUNDUZ CITY: Officials of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) in northern Kunduz province on Sunday said votes from certain polling centres would be quarantined in the wake of alleged fraud in some districts. Seventeen of 216 polling centres remained shut in Kunduz due to security problems. IEC Director Amir Hamza Ahmadzai said they had received rigging reports from Aliabad, Khanabad and Imam Sahib di ...

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Election Success, Afghans Shape Future

BY: Abdul Maruf “Ghiasee” Once again, Afghans proved their commitment in electoral politics and democracy by turning out in large numbers to the polling stations in 14 June presidential elections. The international community including observers, UN officials and the EU hailed the election as another success for the people of Afghanistan. Afghan incumbent president Hamid Karzai congratulated the achievement ...

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