Afghanistan’s incumbent President Ashraf Ghani defeated his rival Abdullah Abdullah in a Sept. 28 Afghanistan’s presidential electionsPreliminary Results , delayed preliminary results showed on Sunday (Dec 22).
The Independent Election Commission (IEC) said the total turnout in the presidential election was more than 1.8 million with Ghani securing 50.64% – enough to win the first round of voting – beating his main challenger, Abdullah Abdullah, who currently shares power with Ghani in a unity government.
As soon as the result was announced, Abdullah’s office said in a statement he would contest it. “We would like to make it clear once again to our people, supporters, election commission and our international allies that our team will not accept the result of this fraudulent vote unless our legitimate demands are addressed,” the statement read.
“We, with honesty, loyalty, responsibility and faithfulness completed our duty,” IEC chairwoman Hawa Alam Nuristani said. “We respected every single vote because we wanted democracy to endure.”
“With the announcement, we are moving now from darkness to light and from uncertainty to a bright future,” Ghani told a jubilant crowd gathered at the presidential palace in Kabul.
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