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Afghan VP Danish urges all parties to accept election results

19 Feb 2020 1TV News

Afghanistan's Second Vice President Sarwar Danish on Wednesday urged all parties to accept the final results of presidential election announced a day earlier.

“We should put aside differences from election rivalry and open a new chapter for unity,harmony, cooperation, and for creating a national inclusive government and for building a modern, united and peaceful Afghanistan,” Danish said at a ceremony to mark the anniversary of Soviet withdrawal.

“We should understand that the importance, value and gains of democracy and election are linked to the acceptance of its results, otherwise it is very absurd that we give democracy slogan and not accept its results,” Danish continued.

On Tuesday, the Independent Election Commission declared incumbent president Ashraf Ghani as winner of the election held nearly five months ago.

His main rival, Abdullah Abdullah, however, rejected the resultsas illegaland vowed to form his own government.

“While it is up to Afghans to decide the election outcome, our priority and what we believe to be the priority of most Afghans remains peace and the peace process,” Mary Catherine Phee, US State Department Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, said speaking at the US Institute of Peace.

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