Karzai meets presidential candidates amid persistent election deadlock
By Ghanizada - Wed Sep 03 2014, 8:57 pm
President Karzai said he supports any agreement between the two contenders that would end the election deadlock.
“President Karzai supported the efforts and talks by both the Presidential candidates for successfully ending the elections and hoped that their ongoing efforts and talks to this end would produce results very soon,” the presidential palace media office said following a statement.
The statement further added, “The President urged the two candidates to reach a final agreement regarding the elections at the soonest so that the Afghan nation would wait no longer in uncertainty for the new President.”
This comes as the two candidates have not reached to an agreement regarding the formation of national unity government which was agreed during US Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit.
According to reports, the electoral teams of the to candidates are currently engaged in talks regarding a new proposal by Dr. Abdullah’s camp for equal split of power.
Dr. Abdullah’s electoral team on Monday warned to full boycott the electoral process and talks over unity government if their conditions and demands were not met.
A deadline was also set by Dr. Abdullah’s team regarding the acceptance of their conditions. However, the deadline was extended on Tuesday with Dr. Abdullah’s spokesman Syed Fazel Sancharaki saying that the extension was agreed in a bid to give another chance to diplomacy.