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Final Official Results Show Afghan President Ghani Reelected To Second Term

18 Feb 2020 Gandhara - RFE/RL

Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission (IEC) says final official results from the country's September 28 presidential election shows incumbent President Ashraf Ghani has been reelected to a second five-year term with 50.64 percent of the vote.

Afghan Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah took second place with 39.52 percent of the vote, the IEC announced at a press conference in Kabul on February 18.

Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, one of Afghanistan's most notorious former warlords, finished in a distant third place with 3.85 percent of the vote.

The election was mired by record-low turnout and bickering between Ghani and Abdullah during the campaign period.

The official turnout was 1.8 million votes out of about 9 million eligible voters.

The final official results were delayed by months while election officials launched a ballot recount -- including recounts in provinces where Abdullah's supporters had stopped the process for almost a month.

By winning more than 50 percent of the vote, Ghani has avoided a second-round runoff ballot.

Widespread allegations of fraud in Afghanistan's 2014 presidential election led to a political crisis between the top top candidates, Ghani and Abdullah.

That crisis was resolved by a U.S.-brokered power-sharing agreement that created a fragile national unity government.

Under that deal, Ghani became president while a new office of Chief Executive Officer was created for Abdullah.

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