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National interests suggest removal of fraudulent votes, no compromise this time: Abdullah

10 Nov 2019 1TV News

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah on Sunday said that national interests suggest removal of fraudulent votes and that there would be no compromise this time.

Addressing his supporters in Loya Jirga tent in Kabul, Abdullah said his observers have not taken part in the recount process and any results in the absence of them would be “illegitimate.”

He said that there were still 300,000 votes that were fraudulent or didn’t meet the criteria but considered valid by the Independent Election Commission.

Abdullah, who became chief executive of National Unity Government following a disputed election in 2014, said that national interests at that time suggested to avoid conflict.

“Today, national interests suggest that fraudulent votes must be removed,” Abdullah said.

He said that there would be no compromise this time.

“Election results will be based only on clean votes, we don't support crisis, but if there is any crisis, fraud team whose name is State Builder will be responsible for it,” Abdullah warned.

In his speech, Abdullah also criticized that some individuals had been threatened by security forces for expressing their thoughts including those backing Taliban’s stance on peace issue.

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