August 17, 2017

EU welcomes breakthrough in Afghan election deadlock

By Ghanizada - Sun Jul 13 2014, 3:32 pm

From left, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Afghanistan's presidential candidate  Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, and Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah,, hold hands during  a joint press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, July 12, 2014. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says both of Afghanistan's presidential candidates are committed to abiding by the results of the "largest, most comprehensive audit" of the election runoff ballots possible. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)The European Union (EU) High Representative welcomed the agreement by presidential candidates for the full audit of votes in runoff presidential election.

“We welcome the agreement between Afghan presidential candidates Dr Abdullah Abdullah and Dr Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on a comprehensive audit of the results of the presidential elections, which is a confirmation of their desire to fulfil the democratic aspirations of the Afghan people and restore confidence in the election process,” the EU High Representatives said following a statement.

The statement further added, “We applaud the two candidates for their leadership and readiness for compromise in the interest of the people of Afghanistan. We commend US Secretary of State John Kerry and the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan Ján Kubiš for their tireless efforts to facilitate this agreement.”

“The EU will continue supporting a democratic and legitimate transition of power in Afghanistan including through the EU Election Assessment Team which will closely follow the agreed auditing of election results,” the statement added.

The Afghan presidential candidates, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, agreed to 100 percent vote audit for the second round of election.

The agreement between the two candidates was reached following two days talks brokered by US Secretary of State John Kerry to end the deadlock.

Abdullah and Ghani also agreed to abide by the audit results and promised a national unity government under the winner which will be declared once the audit is completed.

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