‘ Afghanistan’s Presidential Candidates Sign Power Sharing Agreement ‘

#AceBreakingNews – KABUL – September 21 – Afghanistan’s two presidential contenders signed an unprecedented power-sharing agreement Sunday, ending a drawn-out political stand-off and setting the stage for a U.S. troop commitment past this year.

Signing Power-Sharing Agreement '

Signing Power-Sharing Agreement ‘

The agreement names Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, who is believed to have received the most votes in a June run-off election, as president.

His challenger, Abdullah Abdullah, a former foreign minister, will become chief executive.

“I am very happy today that both of my brothers, Dr. Ashraf Ghani and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, in an Afghan agreement for the benefit of this country, for the progress and development of this country, that they agreed on the structure affirming the new government of Afghanistan,” President Hamid Karzai, in power since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion that ousted the Taliban, said after the signing.

The deal ends political wrangling that began after a June run-off vote between two candidates. An independent election commission was assigned to audit the results after allegations of widespread fraud. 

Later Sunday, the country’s election commission announced Ghani Ahmadzai as the winner of the presidential election, but did not release final vote figures.

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` Afghanistan’s Abdullah Abdullah has Been Leading in the Polls but Remains Short of a Majority ‘

#AceWorldNews – KABUL – Afghanistan’s former foreign minister, Abdullah Abdullah, has been leading the polls in the voting for Afghanistan’s next president.

However, he remains short of a majority, as widely predicted, according to the latest official count.

The country’s Independent Election Commission has stated that Abdullah is leading with some 44.4 percent, with the figure based in results from half of the vote from all of the country’s 34 provinces.

If the winner obtains a win of less than 50 percent, there will be a second round. Second in the polls is West-leaning politician and academic, Ashraf Ghani, with 33.2 percent.

Final results will be released in May, with any necessary second round taking place towards the end of the month

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