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Afghanistan: Ashraf Ghani wins second term as president

February 18, 2020

The incumbent won 923,592 votes in the poll that took place six months ago. His main challenger, Abdullah Abdullah, received 720,841 votes and is questioning the legitimacy of his rival's victory.

Ashraf Ghani
Image: picture-alliance/AA/S. Sadat

Ashraf Ghani has won a second term as Afghanistan's president after final election results were released on Tuesday.

However, doubt was soon cast on the outcome as runner-up Abdullah Abdullah announced he would contest the result of last year's poll and vowed to form his own parallel government.

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"Our team, based on clean and biometric votes, is the victor and we declare our victory. The fraudsters are the shame of history and we announce our inclusive government," Abdullah said at a press conference in Kabul.

Earlier Tuesday, Afghan election officials stated final results revealed Abdullah won 39.52% of last September's vote, while Ghani had taken 50.64%.

Run-off averted

The fraction over 50% Ghani garnered means he is able to avoid a second round of voting according to electoral rules.

Read more: Opinion: Afghanistan's elections reflect a country in chaos

President Ashraf Ghani, 70, once described his job as the worst in the world. He previously worked with Abduallah in a fragile national unity government that was put together under US pressure after both leaders claimed victory in Afghanistan's last elections in 2014.

The election last fall had the lowest voter turnout since the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001.

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jsi/ng (dpa, AFP, AP)

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