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Abdullah also registers as presidential hopeful

Abdullah also registers as presidential hopeful

Jan 20, 2019 - 17:32

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Sunday registered as the 13th presidential election candidate in the July ballot under his electoral ticket “Stability and Convergence” with the Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon) in Kabul.

Abdullah chose Enayatullah Babar Farhmand as his first and Asadullah Saadati as his second vice-presidential hopefuls while registering with the IEC this morning.

After the fall of the Talibaninfo-icon regime in 2001, Abdullah served as interim Afghanistaninfo-icon foreign minister during the transition administration of the time.

He first contested the presidential election in 2009 under slogan ‘Change and Hope’ against his former boss Hamid Karzai, who won the polls.

For a second time, Abdullah contested the 2014 presidential election but the voting went to a second round him and then leading candidate Ashraf Ghani.

However, the run-off poll faced a deadlock due to outrage over the election results and finally Ghani became president and Abdullah his Chief Executive Officer under an agreement between the two sides.

Talking to a press conference ahead of his nomination for the presidential election here, Dr. Abdullah said he was the candidate of ‘Hezb-i-Jamiat Islami Afghanistan party.’

He said Enayatullah Babar Farhmand, a member of the Junbish-i-Milli party was his first vice-presidential running mate and Asadullah Saadati, a member of the Hezb-i-Wahdat Islami, as his second vice-presidential candidate.

“The Stability and Convergence team would have a president with two deputies and a CEO with two deputies”, he added.

Abdullah said his team would run 'a healthy contest’ with other presidential election candidates and would consider national interests supreme over other things.

The CEO said he would change the country’s political system in line with the Constitution.

“We want peace in this country, a peace keeps our dignity and considers views and achievements of the youth, womeninfo-icon, children, victims of incidents, people with disabilities and others,” he said.

Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum, talking at the press conference, said that the Stability and Convergence team would win the elections if conducted transparently. He said all the people wanted peace and an end to the bloodshed.

He said Hashmat Khalil Karzai would also join their team which would become a powerful team in future.

Mohammad Karim Khalili, head of Hezb-i-Wahdat party, said he would support the Stability and Convergence team in the next presidential election.

He hoped for a transparent election and said, “Our request from all candidates is they should work for peace and stability in this critical situation of the country, they should be more friends to each other than rivals.”

Salahuddin Rabbani, head of the Jamiat-i-Islamiinfo-icon Afghanistan party, said their party was acting according to its plan and calculation as far as the elections were concerned.

“That is the reason this party decided to support Dr. Abdullah Abdullah in presidential elections instead of joining other teams,” he added.

President Ashfar Ghani, Ahmad Wali Massoud, Gulbadin Hekmatyar, Dr. Zalmai Rassoul, Abdul LatifPedram, Mohammad Hakim Torsan, Seyyed Noorollah Jalili, Inayatullah Hafez, Faramarz Tamanna, ShahabHakimi, Mohammad Hanif Atmar and Mohammad Ibrahim Alokozay have also registered their candidacies.

The registration process will continue until Jan 20. A presidential candidate should be a Muslim Afghan citizen, having attained the age of 40 years, present names of 100,000 supporters and pay a million afghanis to the commission.


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