Ashraf Ghani declared winner of Afghan presidential poll

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Published on February 18, 2020 - Duration: 01:11s

Ashraf Ghani declared winner of Afghan presidential poll

Afghanistan declared incumbent Ashraf Ghani the winner of a disputed presidential election on Tuesday, almost five months after voting took place in September.

Emer McCarthy reports.

Ashraf Ghani declared winner of Afghan presidential poll

Five months after a disputed presidential election, Ashraf Ghani has been declared the winner of Afghanistan's presidential poll.

The Independent Election Commission (IEC) said on Tuesday that Ghani won 50.64% of the vote.

His former deputy and main rival Abdullah Abdullah was named runner-up with 39.52%.

The IEC announced "preliminary results" in December-- which saw Ghani win re-election by a slim margin, but Abdullah dismissed the result as fraudulent and called for a full review.

Ghani rejected the allegations.

A potential political crisis is looming as the United States and the Taliban near an agreement in Doha, which officials on both sides say could be announced soon if an initial reduction in violence is successfully observed.

Afghanistan's acting interior minister said that the reduction would be enforced within five days.

The agreement is set to pave the way for crucial intra-Afghan talks between the political leadership and the Taliban.

The militants have so far refused to talk to the government.

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