Massoud tells Abdullah to accept defeat
KABUL (Pajhwok): Former vice-president Ahmad Zia Massoud on Thursday asked presidential runner Dr Abdullah Abdullah to accept his defeat in the second round of the presidential election and greet his rival Dr Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai.
Addressing a gathering of women in Kabul, Massoud, a senior member of Ahmadzai’s team, said victory and defeat were part of elections.
Also a leader of the Jamiat-i-Islami, Massoud said: “We ask the Reforms and Unanimity team led by Abdullah to support us in forming the next government.”
He told the rivals to congratulate Ghani’s camp on its victory and together with it rebuild the country and bring about positive changes. He also called for an end to the culture of violence.
Massoud claimed Ahmadzai’s Change and Continuity team had been able to win more votes in the runoff election as a result of non-stop campaigning.
“We would soon be hearing news of our victory from the election commissions and we congratulate the whole nation,” Massoud remarked.
He asked the Reforms and Unanimity team not to disrupt the electoral process with protests and instead resolve their complaints through legal channels.
Abdullah has suspended cooperation with the Independent Election Commission (IEC) and his supporters have staged protest demonstrations in Kabul and other provinces over alleged electoral fraud.
Referring to the protests, Massoud said, “Protests involving road blocks, creating problems for residents and threatening people cannot be civil. Protests mean resolving problems through legal way.”
Massoud said political victory could not be achieved by force. “The time has gone when politicians would rule by force,” he said.
He said any action in violation of the country’s laws was a crime and against the national interest. The election process in all countries had some problems but not to the extent that all legal institutions should be boycotted, he added.
He asked the IEC to announce results from the presidential runoff election on schedule so that its trust among the people stayed intact.
“We will form a government that will cement national unity. We want to create an improved economic system not like the one dependent on mafia groups. We believe in equal rights for all Afghans irrespective of their caste and ethnicity,” Massoud said.
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