ISLAMABAD - Five months after Afghanistan’s presidential election, the country's top electoral body Tuesday declared incumbent President Ashraf Ghani a winner for a second term while his top rival Abdullah Abdullah’s team called the decision “illegal” and declared Abdullah the winner.
The Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan said Ghani won 50.6 percent of the votes cast while Abdullah had 39.5 percent, which fell in line with the preliminary results announced in December.
"This announcement is unacceptable. We stand against it. We will use all options on the table," Faridoon Khwazoon, the spokesman of Abdullah’s election, team told RFE/RL’s Pashto language Radio Azadi.
Ghani spoke to supporters in Kabul, underscoring the importance of peace talks with the Taliban, and stating his administration would bring peace to the nation.
"It's time to make Afghanistan united," he said as he implored the Taliban to engage in the democratic process.
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