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2 major political parties reject election results

2 major political parties reject election results

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Feb 21, 2020 - 17:09

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Two major political parties on Friday announced holding ‘million marches’ and rejected the recently announced presidential election results.

The two parties --- Wehdat-i-Islami and Wehdat-i-Murdum-i-Afghanistaninfo-icon --- also asked the international community not to play the role of a silent spectator and prevent possible political upheaval in the country.

The Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon) announced the final results of last September's election following delays due to allegations of vote-rigging.

The commission declared President Ashraf Ghani as the winner, saying he was re-elected with 50.64% of the vote.

But his main rival Abdullah Abdullah, who came second with 39.52%, contested the result, declared victory, and vowed to form his own parallel government.

Second deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Wehdat-i-Islami Afghanistan party chief Mohammad Mohaqqiq on Friday addressed his supporters in Kabul and called for prosecution of those involved in rigging.

He alleged massive rigging in the presidential election and claimed the Stability and Partnership had won the election based on biometrically verified votes and the team would not accept the results based on fraudulent votes.

“Today we support (Vice President) Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum for his stance against the fraudulent votes.

Dostum recently announced his backing for Abdullah in his rejection of the election outcome during a large gathering of his supporters in northern Jawzjan province.

Mohaqqiq alleged the State Builder team led by Ashraf Ghani sent former spymaster Masoum Stanikzai to his home and advised him not to support Dostum’s stance. “My answer was a fresh election.”

Meanwhile, High Peace Councilinfo-icon chief and Wehdat-i-Islami leader Karim Khalili addressed a gathering in Kabul and said they would stand against electoral fraud.

“We did not offer sacrifices to be ruled by powerful people. We have no other demand except a strong democracy from the president.”

Khalili asked the international community to break its silence on the election outcome and prevent a possible political crisis in the country.

He called for revocation of the election results, otherwise he said they would form an inclusive government. “It does not mean revolt,” he explained.

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