US casts doubt on Afghan president’s re-election victory
WASHINGTON: The United States wants to validate that Afghanistan’s September presidential vote was free and fair and the results accurate, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday, casting doubt on Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s re-election win.
Pompeo’s comments at a State Department news conference will likely add fuel to Afghanistan’s political crisis.
Earlier this month Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission said that Ghani had won 50.64% of the vote, while his opponent, Afghanistan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, was named the runner-up with 39.52%.
However, both Ghani and Abdullah are claiming victory. The Sept. 28 election vote-counting process was beset by allegations of rigging, technical problems and other irregularities. The United States has not recognised either victory claims or the Independent Election Commission results. – Reuters