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U.S. State Department: Afghan Government Agrees to Postpone Ghani’s Inauguration

26 Feb 2020 The Killid Group

(TKG) – The government of Afghanistan has agreed to postpone Mohammad Ashraf Ghani’s second-term inauguration, the U.S. State Department said in a statement. According to the world media agencies, the postponement could allow more time for U.S. diplomats and others to mediate a resolution to a political crisis that threatens a peace process due to see the United States and the Taliban sign an accord this weekend on a U.S. troop withdrawal. Earlier, on February 18, President Ashraf Ghani was declared as the winner of Afghanistan’s presidential elections by securing 50.64% of votes, after which he announced to take oath on Thursday, February 27. Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, President Ghani’s opponent, on the other hand, secured 39.52% of votes, but he announced himself the winner of the elections on the basis of clean and transparent votes, adding that he would form a “parallel government.” Dr. Abdullah also formed a commission for his swearing in ceremony. However, Abdullah’s spokesman Fraidoon Khwazoon told Reuters by phone on Tuesday that the “the swearing in ceremony” of Ghani and Abdullah would be postponed for two weeks” in order to support the peace process.” U.S. State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement that the United States “notes” the results announced in Ghani’s favor. But she stopped short of recognizing either man’s victory claim. Ghani’s government, she said, agreed to postpone his inauguration for a second five-year term – set for Thursday – to provide time to settle the crisis and the appointment of a delegation to hold peace talks with the Taliban. The post U.S. State Department: Afghan Government Agrees to Postpone Ghani’s Inauguration appeared first on The Killid Group.

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