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U.S. has been following the Afghan election results very closely: Pompeo

20 Feb 2020 The Khaama Press News Agency

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to members of the media in the briefing room of the State Department on Oct. 23 in Washington, D.C.

The State Secretary Mike Pompeo has said the U.S. has been following the results of the Afghan presidential elections very closely.

He made the remarks during an interaction with the travelling press in Prince Sulta Air Base in Saudi Arabia.

“I don’t have anything to say about Afghanistan, other than we’ve been following the election results very, very closely,” Pompeo said in response to a question regarding his reaction to Afghan election results.

Pompeo further added “We want to make sure that we’ve got it exactly right, and we’ll make a statement on that before too terribly long.”

The Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced the final election results late on Tuesday, declaring Ashraf Ghani as the President of Afghanistan.

According to IEC, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani secured 50.64% of votes while Abdullah Abdullah and Gulbuddin Hekmatyar received 39.53% and 3.85% of the votes respectively.

However, Abdullah Abdullah, one of the key runners of the election rejected the election results as he claimed victory in the elections, vowing that he would soon establish an inclusive government.

Speaking during a press conference late on Tuesday evening, Abdullah asked his supporters to stand against injustice and fraudulent votes.

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