Elections the Sole Way to Determine Afghanistan’s Political Future: CE Abdullah

Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah on Monday said that there is no other way apart from holding elections to determine Afghanistan’s political future.

“There is no other way but holding elections, would we want war? coup? another revolution. Even that has an end and its end is again election,” Abdullah said while addressing a conference on spreading awareness among women to participate in the upcoming presidential election.

CE Abdullah also emphasized on the importance of holding better elections to challenge those who reject it and said that there should be no excuse for those who totally reject elections and say it doesn’t work.

The CE also warned that repeat of 2014 presidential election ‘debacle’ would not be acceptable.

Meanwhile, India and Afghanistan on Monday signed 10 memorandums of understanding (MoUs) for development projects valued $2.5 million.

The projects cover various sectors including education, water management, retaining walls, school buildings, hospitals, government buildings and roads, Indian Ambassador Vinay Kumar said at the signing ceremony in Kabul. They will be implemented in 10 provinces in different zones of the country.

“All projects have direct meaning, implication and benefits for the ordinary people of Afghanistan living in these provinces,” Kumar said.

India has completed 345 small and high-impact community development projects since 2005 when it started the projects with an outlay of more than $200 million, the envoy said, adding 200 projects are being implemented.
All Indian development projects will directly contribute to Afghan economy, he said.

Chief Executive Abdullah appreciated India’s assistance to Afghanistan, saying its development projects help improve living condition.

He, however, warned government institutions not to commit negligence in implementing such projects, as he said that there were instances in which the projects were delayed only because they needed signatures.

“These are not personal projects, these are the people’s projects,” Abdullah said.

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