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Jihadi leaders and influential elders to mediate in election crisis

By Khaama Press - Thu Sep 18 2014, 4:02 pm

downloadThe former Mujahideen leaders and influential elders are due to meet with presidential candidates Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzi on Friday in a bid to help resolve the election deadlock.

The deicision was taken during a meeting in ARG presidential palace which was attended by heads of executive, legistilative, judiciary organs, former Mujahideen leaders and tribal elders, including Abdul Rab Rasul Sayyaf, Sibghatullah Mojadedi, Pir Syed Gelani, first and second vice presidents, Mawlavi Qeyamuddin Kashaf, Hajji Din Mohammd, Mohammad Ismail Khan and Gul Rahman Qazi.

The presidential palace media office following a statement said the elders expressed concerns regarding the controversial and prolonged election process which has sparked concerns among the Afghan people.

The statement further added that the Mujahideen leaders and heads of the three organs of the government decided to meet with the two candidates as soon as possible and encourage them to conclude the electoral process and reach an agreement before the election results are released.

The meeting concluded with an agreement to meet with the two candidates on Friday to help conclude the electoral process immediately.

This comes as Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai have not reached to an agreement regarding the formation of a unity government which was agreed by the two during US Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to Kabul in July.

In the meantime, the Independent Election Commission is getting closer to announce the final vote results as the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission said Thursday that they will forward their decision regarding the vote audit to election commission by today.

The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission said the Independent Election Commission will have 24 hours to appeal regarding their decision, otherwise the final results can be released.

However, there are concerns the release of final vote results in the absence of an agreement could lead the country towards instability and violence.

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