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    Muhammad Hassan Khetab

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    IEC fires 5,300 fraud-tainted staffers

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Wednesday said it had fired and blacklisted more than 5,300 of its employees accused of fraud in the April 5 polls and had started replacing them.



    Governance

    Ex-jihadi Leader supports Ahmadzai

    KABUL (Pajhwok): Former jihadi Leader Eng. Ahmad Shah Ahmadzai and other elders of his tribe on Friday announced support to presidential contender Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai in the runoff ballot due on June 14.



    Governance,Security and Crime

    Runoff will be more challenging: Daudzai

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The minister of interior on Thursday said the second round of presidential polls would be more challenging, claiming foreign militants had sneaked into Afghanistan to disrupt the process.



    Governance

    Plots being hatched to divide Afghans: Abdullah

    KABUL (Pajhwok): Frontrunner Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Wednesday warned many plots were being hatched to create differences among the Afghans on ethnic lines, saying such attempts would not be allowed to succeed.



    Governance

    Abdullah’s team claims widespread rigging

    KABUL (Pajhwok): Frontrunner Dr. Abdullah Abdullah’s team on Monday said electoral fraud had been committed at various stages of the April 5 elections and the fate of more than 900,000 votes remained unclear.



    Business & Economics

    Afghanistan’s maiden satellite launched

    KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan’s first satellite – AFGHANSAT 1 -- was formally launched on Saturday, with officials expecting a $15 million addition to the government’s annual revenue.



    Governance

    IECC discounts Abdullah, Ghani concerns

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) chief on Thursday said the watchdog was striving to accomplish its mission in a transparent and fair manner, brushing aside apprehensions of the two leading candidates.



    Governance

    Complaints affecting final results probed

    KABUL (Pajhwok): More than 900 complaints, believed to affect final presidential poll results, were probed by the Independent Election Complaint Commission (IECC) during the just-concluded public hearings, an official said on Thursday.