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Editorial: Ferocious jousting for power gets going

7 Hour Afghanistan Times Afghanistan Times

With the long-awaited final returns of the controversy and fraud-mired 2019 Presidential Election out, the incumbent President Ashraf Ghani has been declared as the winner as he narrowly secured victory in the disputed count, amassing 50.64% of the vote. His rival, Abdullah Abdullah, has been announced as the runner-up by the Independent Election Commission (IEC) …

Nabil hints at demise of democracy over flawed election

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AT News KABUL: Former spymaster and presidential candidate, Rahmatullah Nabil said that “democracy has died in Afghanistan” after Independent Election Commission has declared President Ashraf Ghani as winner in the controversial 2019 Afghan election based on fake votes. Speaking in a press conference on Wednesday, he objected 300,000 controversial votes and said election result is …

Govt.’s post-election political legitimacy in tatters

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Election reflects a ‘blatant’ interference of foreigners; argues Karzai A pre- and post-election political divide is symbolic of a deeper crisis amid an opposition challenge of the poll results and an impending threat of a ‘parallel state’, which highlights urgency of a reconciliation AT News KABUL: In the wake of President Ghani’s re-election in the …

Election descends into chaos amid world’s silence

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AT News KABUL: The political situation remains uncertain and perennially acrimonious before and after election authority put a seal on incumbent president Ghani’s re-election in 2019 presidential polls, with his rivals threatening to form their own government. What’s worse is a quiescence of Afghanistan’s allies and international community toward the electoral crisis. International community is …

Watchdog dismisses election result as ‘poor decision’

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AT News KABUL: Election is not necessarily a win and lose game, but a holistic process that should be entirely lawful, as its results are embraced merely when electoral processes are chiefly characterized by lawfulness, that in turn helps in forming a legitimate state. The final results of the 2019 Presidential election were announced after …

Trump sanguine about a peace deal with Taliban

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AT Monitoring Desk KABUL: US President Donald Trump has told reporters on Tuesday that there is a chance of making a deal with the Taliban, AP reported. “So, we are negotiating with the Taliban. We’ve been negotiating with them for a while. We will see what happens. It’s a chance of making a deal. It …

‘U.S. not prejudging outcome of intra-Afghan talks’

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AT Monitoring Desk KABULL: The US Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Molly Phee, at the US Institute of Peace, said: “We will not prejudge the outcome of intra-Afghan negotiations.” “But we are prepared to support whatever consensus the Afghans are able to reach about their future political and governing arrangements,” Phee said. “We believe we have established …

Afghan presidential election and its impacts on peace process

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AT News KABUL: The Independent Election Commission finally announced the final results of last year’s presidential polls after 143 days. The Tuesday’s announcement introduced incumbent Ashraf Ghani as the winner, which was immediately faced huge reactions and criticism from the loser contenders particularly Abdullah Abdullah who thought he would take Ghani’s seat. Abdullah on Tuesday …

Hekmatyar calls for electoral commissioners’ trial

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AT News KABUL: Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, leader of Hezb-e-Islami party and one of 13 competitors in last year’s presidential election, says the electoral commissioners should be tried. The independent election commission on Tuesday announced the final results of election, which declares incumbent Ashraf Ghani as the winner. The announcement was followed by large criticism by the …

We mustn’t miss opportunity for peace

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AT News KABUL: As the US and Taliban are getting close to forge a peace agreement that can pave the ground for foreign troops draw down and facilitation of direct negotiation between Afghan government and Taliban, a Presidential Palace advisor has said there is a problem with the term “intra-Afghan-talks”, saying that the ongoing situation …

Election commission declares Ghani winner

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AT News KABUL: Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission on Tuesday declared incumbent president Ashraf Ghani as the winner of the 2019 contested presidential elections with 50.64% of the vote, amid claims of vote rigging by his rival and governing partner in the ongoing unity government Abdullah Abdullah. The final result puts Abdullah at 39.52%. President Ghani …

Taliban reject election results

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AT News KABUL: The Taliban group – with whom the US has been engaged to reach a political settlement and end the Afghan conflict – in a statement have opposed the final results of the Afghanistan presidential polls, saying “it is in conflict with the contents of ongoing peace process.” The Taliban has expressed its …

Election crisis: Electoral authority declared incumbent President Ghani the winner of contested 2019 presidential poll amid fears of political convulsions. Ghani’s opponent Abdullah has claimed widespread cheating; Abdullah declares victory, vows own gove

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AT News Kabul: Presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah publicly declared himself the winner of September’s disputed presidential elections on Tuesday night, paving the way for a perilous political standoff at a crucial moment in the country’s long-running conflict. His statement came hours after the announcement of audited election results, which gave the election to Abdullah’s rival, Ashraf Ghani. Abdullah rejected …

Wardak residents demand halt to civilian casualties

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AT News KABUL: A number of tribal elders of central Wardak province in a gathering, in Kabul have turned heap towards increase of civilian casualties, asking the government to take tremendous steps in regards. They termed the civilian casualties as a crime against humanity, saying that insecurity has mostly harmed the women and children in …

Police claim Iran armed Taliban with MANPADS

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AT News KABUL: Police in the southern province of Uruzgan accuse Iran of assisting arms to the Taliban, claiming that the Islamic Republic had lately provided the insurgents with air defense rockets. Sardar Mohammad Haya, provincial police chief said Tuesday that: “Iran has given them (Taliban) rockets that can target army’s air force. Evidences we …

Watchdog confirms sexual harassment in Logar

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AT News KABUL: The Independent Human Rights Commission confirmed the existence of a “child abusing circle” in Logar province by releasing the summary of a report titled ‘Probe of sexual abuse in schools in Logar province’. The report comes after two civil society activists revealed school boys are sexually abused by their teachers in the …