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Russia warns against worsening political situation after the release of Afghan election result

22 Feb 2020 The Khaama Press News Agency

Russia has warned against worsening political situation after the release of the final results of presidential elections as key contenders including Abdullah Abdullah rejected the final outcome of the polls.

Maria Zakharova, a spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry of Russia said “We noted that Ashraf Ghani’s key rival in the presidential campaign – Chief Executive of the Unity Government Abdullah Abdullah – did not recognise the results announced by the Election Commission and announced the creation of a parallel government.”

Zakharova further added “There is information that other presidential contenders may support this position.”

“Russia is concerned about the controversy around the results of the presidential election in Afghanistan, which could further worsen the political situation in the country,” she said, adding that “All this could have a negative impact on the launch of an inter-Afghan peace process.”

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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