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Ashraf Ghani secures second term as Afghan president

18 Feb 2020 Al Jazeera

Afghanistan's election body has declared incumbent President Ashraf Ghani the winner of the country's presidential election, almost five months after voting took place.

The Independent Election Commission announced on Tuesday that Ghani garnered 50.64 percent of the September 28, 2019 vote, beating Chief executive Abdullah Abdullah, who secured 39.52 percent.

The results were delayed after allegations of vote-rigging from Abdullah forced a recount.

The two men have shared power over the past five years in a so-called unity government formed by the United States in the wake of allegations of widespread fraud and corruption in the 2014 polls.

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