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Abdullah Abdullah, Ashraf Ghani end Afghan impasse with an embrace, sign unity deal

Abdullah Abdullah, Ashraf Ghani end Afghan impasse with an embrace, sign unity deal

In a much-awaited end to the impasse of Afghanistan presidential election results, the rival presidential candidates have agreed on a power-sharing deal to form a national unity government, with Abdullah Abdullah letting Ashraf Ghani be the president and himself nominating the “Chief executive officer”.

Afghan elections: Ashraf Ghani leads in preliminary results

The preliminary results of the Afghanistan`s presidential elections held last month announced ex-World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani the winner with 56.4 percent of the run-off vote to Abdullah Abdullah`s 43.5 percent on Monday.

On eve of election results, Afghan candidate sends warning to rival

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah warned his rival on Sunday he would refuse to accept the outcome of the country`s troubled election unless he saw firm evidence that the vote was completely free of fraud.

UN urges Afghans to vote again in presidential polls

UN secretary-general`s special representative for Afghanistan, Jan Kubis urged Afghans to take part in Saturday`s second round of the presidential polls, media reported on Friday.

Afghan presidential hopefuls raise fraud concerns

Leading candidates in Afghanistan`s presidential election voiced concern on Sunday that voting was tainted by fraud, a day after millions defied Taliban threats and turned out to choose a successor to President Hamid Karzai.

US President Obama congratulates Afghanistan on historic elections

Washington: US President Barack Obama welcomed the completion of Afghanistan`s presidential vote, set to usher in the country`s first democratic transfer of power, saying it was critical to ensure continued international support.

Five killed in local bank attack in Afghanistan

At least four militants and a policeman were killed Tuesday when armed rebels stormed a local bank in Asadabad, the provincial capital of eastern Afghan province of Kunar, leading to a gunfight, a security official said.

Afghan Parliament approves Qanooni as vice president

The Afghan Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament Tuesday approved the name of Mohammad Younus Qanooni as the country`s first vice president to replace Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim who died earlier this month.

Explosions, gunfire near Afghan presidential candidate`s home

Explosions were heard near the house of Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday in Darulaman area of Kabul

Candidates vie for Afghan women`s vote

The candidate strode down the aisle separating hundreds of male and female supporters at a campaign rally in Kabul. She shook hands with the women filling the chairs to her right. To the men on the other side, she simply nodded.

Time is not on allies` side in Afghanistan: NATO

NATO`s chief says time is not on the alliance`s side in Afghanistan and that the allies must quickly endorse General Stanley McChrystal`s recommendation to send reinforcements to deal with the escalating insurgency.

Afghan finance minister says Karzai wins election

Afghanistan`s finance minister claimed victory on Monday for President Hamid Karzai in last week`s presidential election but, with no official figures released, the claim was rejected by his main rival`s campaign.

Afghan poll workers ambushed; Western troops killed

Gunmen on Saturday opened fire on a campaign manager for Afghan President Hamid Karzai`s re-election bid, killing a guard, while one French and three US soldiers died in other insurgent attacks, officials said.