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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.