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Poll: 69% of Afghans prefer peace over presidential elections

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Khaama Press
Khaama Press
Khaama Press is a Kabul-based independent and non-political news organization established in 2010.

A new poll result shows 69 per cent people of Afghanistan prefer peace over presidential elections.

According to a Khaama Press poll, only 31 per cent of the poll participants have said they support presidential elections.

Around 5 thousand people participated in the poll from across Afghanistan with 3,450 people voting for peace and 1,550 others voting support of presidential elections.

This comes as the U.S. envoy for Afghan peace Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad launched peace talks with Taliban nearly nine months ago and concluded the 9th round of peace talks few days ago.

He arrived in Kabul after concluding talks with Taliban to share the draft U.S.-Taliban peace agreement with the Afghan leaders.

Meanwhile, the sources have said Washington prefers to conclude a peace deal ahead of elections considering the national interests of the country.

On the other hand, President Ghani is attempting to persuade Washington to resume peace process after presidential elections which is scheduled for later this month. Therefore, the government has not prepared the list of the delegation which should participate in intra-Afghan dialogue which is likely to be organized in Oslo of Norway. This has reportedly caused anxieties among the American officials.

But Ambassador Khalilzad wants President Ghani to prepare a list which should contain individuals on whom the president should not influence but Ghani emphasizes that the delegation should be led by the government.

Another informed source told Khaama Press that Ambassador Khalilzad and President Ghani have met for at least six times over the past two days but the details of the meetings are not clear so far.

Anwar-ul-Haq Ahadi, the former minister of trade and commerce and the running mate of Abdullah as Chief Executive told Khaama Press that peace will be prioritized and elections will be postponed if a peace deal is signed.

He said it is yet not clear if the deal between U.S. and the Taliban will be signed before elections or not as the deal has both supporters and opponents in the U.S. as well.

Ahadi further added that peace process will be prioritized if President Trump manages to sign the deal with Taliban.

He also pointed that President Ghani will lose power once the peace deal is signed and acting government or interim government will be established in agreement between the Taliban and other political groups.

In the meantime, certain presidential runners including Abdullah Abdullah have also expressed flexibility to prioritize peace process.

Another source privy of the developments told Khaama Press that President Ghani has been invited to visit U.S. to meet with President Donald Trump.

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