Newsfeed; Sunday, December 22 2019

Latest news and happenings of Afghanistan and region…


  • 22 Dec 2019 Share this post

    No One Can Rule Afghanistan Through Gun: Ghani

    President Ashraf Ghani in his address to the nation about the announcement of preliminary results of Afghanistan’s presidential election said that no one can rule Afghanistan through gun.

    Addressing a ceremony about the announcement of the preliminary elections results, President Ghani congratulated the Afghan people over the announcement of preliminary election results.

    “The announcement of the preliminary results of the election is the outcome of the efforts by the Afghanistan National Defense and Security Forces, and they are the saviors of the republic,” president said.

    Ghani in his speech stated that the delay in election results caused concerns, and the people pay the cost for it and the price of goods went up by 10%.

    “After building a responsible government, we will continue to form our relations with the world based on mutual interests. We are not asking for donation, our shared interests ensure our relations with countries,” he asserted.

    President also thanked the Independent Election Commission for holding the election, saying his team will follow the activities of the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) and that his team will lodge some complaints in the institution.

    “We don’t want that the world tell us that we are betraying with their donation, we are telling to the world that we will stand on our own feet,” he said.

    This comes as the head of Independent Election Commission (IEC) released the long-delayed outcomes at a news conference in Kabul, noting that Ghani secured around 51% (50.64 exact figures) of the more than 1.8 million total votes.

    Although the announcement was not final and the outcome could still take months to finalize, the Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah team has already warned that it will not accept the results until his team’s concerns are answered.

  • 22 Dec 2019 Share this post

    Presidential Candidate Nabil Calls Preliminary Election Results “Unacceptable”

    Afghan Presidential contender and the leader of “Peace and Justice” electoral team has called the announcement of Presidential election’s preliminary results “unacceptable”.

    Nabil in reaction to the announcement of Presidential election’s preliminary results said, “Announcing the result of a systematic fraud without addressing the demands of the “Peace and Justice” team and other electoral teams by the Independent Election Commission (IEC) has been a coup against democracy and democratic trends.”

    “Regardless of the principle of impartiality and legal framework, the IEC biased the figures under the name of the preliminary result,” he asserted.

    Nabil stated that IEC had lost its credibility and put the Election Complaints Commission (ECC) in a serious test.

    The “Peace and Justice” team has expressed hope that ECC will be completely neutralized in separating the fake votes from the valid ones and remove the main and beneficiaries of organized election fraud from the list of candidates and introduce them to judicial institutions.

    This comes as the head of Independent Election Commission (IEC) released the long-delayed outcomes at a news conference in Kabul, noting that Ghani secured around 51% (50.64 exact figures) of the more than 1.8 million total votes.

  • 22 Dec 2019 Share this post

    “We Will Defend Afghan People’s Clean Votes At Any Cost”: CE Abdullah

    The leader of “Stability and Partnership” electoral team and the current Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah says his team will defend people’s clean votes at any cost and will not allow a rootless and fraudster group to govern their fates.

    In reaction to the announcement of the preliminary results of the Presidential election, Abdullah said, “We understand people’s concern. People have the right to be sensitive and concerned about their fates. The presidential election is the result of their hard works, sacrifices and long struggles.”

    Abdullah has assured people that their fight to consolidate the democracy will continue at any cost to defend their clean votes.

    This comes as IEC in a press conference on Sunday announced the preliminary Presidential election results.

    The Presidential contender, Ashraf Ghani had come first with 923,868 votes, with 50.64 percent and his rival Abdullah Abdullah polled second with 39.52 percent, securing 720,099 votes.

  • 22 Dec 2019 Share this post

    IECC Calls on All Electoral Teams to Avoid Prejudgments

    The chairperson of the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC), Zuhra Bayan Shinwari has called on election teams, political parties and civil society organizations to allow the commission to address electoral complaints based on its laws and regulations.

    “The results are preliminary and any prejudgment should be avoided,” Shinwari said during a press conference in Kabul on Sunday.

    She stated that all individuals can register their complaints within three days after the announcement of the elections’ preliminary results.

    The IECC chief has emphasized that only complaints would be processed within the legal reason.

    She noted that addressing all electoral complaints will take between 37 to 39 working days.

    This comes as the head of Independent Election Commission (IEC) released the long-delayed outcomes at a news conference in Kabul, noting that Ghani secured around 51% (50.64 exact figures) of the more than 1.8 million total votes.

    Although the announcement was not final and the outcome could still take months to finalize, the Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah team has already warned that it will not accept the results until his team’s concerns are answered.

  • 22 Dec 2019 Share this post

    UNAMA, French Embassy Welcomed Announcement of Afghan Preliminary Election Results

    The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has welcomed the announcement of the preliminary results for Afghanistan’s presidential election and commends the country’s electoral bodies the Independent Election Commission (IEC) and the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) for their work leading up to the announcement.

    “On 28 September 2019, the citizens of Afghanistan braved security threats to cast their votes for a better future; those voters deserve to be commended for carrying out their civic duty,” said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan. “Now, all Afghan authorities and actors must demonstrate their commitment to safeguard and complete the election, and to protect the integrity of the final stage of the process.”

    Yamamoto, who is also head of UNAMA, added: “Any decisions taken by the electoral management bodies in the final stage of the process must have clear legal and technical justifications and should be explained to the people of Afghanistan in clear terms.”

    In the meantime, regarding the announcement of the preliminary results for Afghanistan’s presidential election, the French embassy in Kabul said, “The electoral process must now be completed. All complaints must be adjudicated by the Electoral Complaints Commission, in full respect of the latter’s competences, prerogatives and independence.”

    “A democratically elected president with a clear mandate from the people will have the necessary legitimacy to engage the Republic into inter-Afghan negotiations,” it added.

    This comes as IEC in a press conference on Sunday announced the preliminary Presidential election results.

    The Presidential contender, Ashraf Ghani had come first with 923,868 votes, with 50.64 percent and his rival Abdullah Abdullah polled second with 39.52 percent, securing 720,099 votes.

  • 22 Dec 2019 Share this post

    Many Steps Remain Before Final Results of Afghan Presidential Election Certified: US Embassy

    The US ambassador in Afghanistan, John Bass says many steps remain before final results of Afghan Presidential election are certified, to ensure the Afghan people have confidence in the results.

    John Bass in his tweeter account has written that It’ is important for all Afghans to remember that the announced results by the Independent Election Commission (IEC) are preliminary.

    “We note the IEC release of preliminary results and thank the IEC commissioners and staff for their dedicated, patriotic service to the Afghan people and Afghan government,” Bass said in a tweet.

    “We support the vital work of Afghanistan Electoral Complaint Commission in adjudicating complaints before a final result is certified,” he added.

    This comes as IEC in a press conference on Sunday announced the preliminary Presidential election results.

    The Presidential contender, Ashraf Ghani had come first with 923,868 votes, with 50.64 percent and his rival Abdullah Abdullah polled second with 39.52 percent, securing 720,099 votes.

  • 22 Dec 2019 Share this post

    Abdullah’s Team Calls Preliminary Election Results “Fraudulent”

    The “Stability and Partnership” electoral team led by the current Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah has called the preliminary result of the Presidential election “Fraudulent”.

    Abdullah’s campaign in a statement said the Independent Election Commission (IEC) has announced the preliminary results of Presidential election without paying attention to the people’s legal demands and protests.

    IEC on Sunday said that the Presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani won the majority of Sept. 28 presidential election votes with securing 50.64% of it.

    IEC head Hawa Alam Nuristani said in a press conference that the result could change after final results.

    “We would like to make it clear once again to dear citizens of Afghanistan, supporters of stability and partnership team, electoral bodies and the international allies of Afghanistan, that our team will never accept the result of fraud without addressing the legitimate demands this team,” the statement said.

    Abdullah’s team further added that they will use all legal means to protect the clean votes of the people and a government full of fraud is not acceptable.

  • 22 Dec 2019 Share this post

    Quality of Education Is Not Satisfactory: President Ghani

    President Ashraf Ghani says the country’s education and training quality is not satisfactory and that more investment needs to be made to improve human capacity in this sector.

    The president made the remarks on Saturday night at a meeting with participants of the 15th Afghan Information Technology and Digitalization Conference, the President’s office said in a statement.

    During the meeting, President declared that the government has made fundamental changes in information technology since the last five years.

    “Planning is at the forefront of information technology, and we do not want to stay away from the Fourth Industrial Revolution and have the capacity of this revolution, unlike the 19th and 10th centuries,” Ghani said.

    He further emphasized on the digital economy and noted that with the digital economy, women and young people in Afghanistan should move forward in all areas of life and that the Afghan youth should be able to use information technology.

  • 22 Dec 2019 Share this post

    Afghanistan to Join Turkey’s Efes 2020 Military Drills

    The Afghan National Army will participate for the first time in Efes 2020, one of Turkey’s biggest military exercises, an official statement has said.

    According to the Ministry of Defense (MoD) in Kabul, the decision was made during Deputy Minister Munera Yosufzada’s trip to Ankara where met her Turkish counterpart Yunus Emre Karaosmanoglu.

    The statement added the two deputies discussed the achievements and challenges of Afghan National Army students based in Turkey, the treatment of injured Afghan army personnel currently in Turkish hospitals, and the continuation of strategic cooperation in the areas of education between the two friendly countries.

    Official figures suggest some 700 Afghan cadets were trained in Turkey and up to one hundred injured soldiers received health services in Turkey in 2019.

  • 22 Dec 2019 Share this post

    Hundreds of IS-K Members, Family Detained in Afghanistan: Officials

    The Afghan government has said it has detained about 700 IS-K group fighters and family members in eastern Afghanistan over the past six months.

    The Afghan intelligence service, the National Directorate for Security (NDS), said among the 700 are at least 75 women and 159 children. Many of the group are from foreign countries. Many were arrested, but some turned themselves in.

    The NDS said all of the fighters and family members were transported to the NDS compound in Kabul. Earlier, security forces had surrounded dozens of remaining fighters in their homes in various districts in the region. The NDS said the operation was ongoing.

    Most of the arrested IS members are from Pakistan, Jordan and Central Asian countries, said an NDS officer on condition of anonymity.