Afghanistan presidential election: Ashraf Ghani re-elected | Sunday Observer

Afghanistan presidential election: Ashraf Ghani re-elected

Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani has been declared the winner of last September's election following delays due to allegations of vote-rigging.

Ghani was re-elected with 50.64% of the vote, officials said.

But his main rival Abdullah, who came second with 39.52%, contested the result, declared victory, and vowed to form his own parallel government.

Opponents of Ghani said the 28 September vote was marred by massive fraud and technical problems.

Only a small proportion of the country voted in the election.

Election commission chief Hawa Alam Nuristani announced the result during a press conference in Kabul. She said 137,000 votes classed as suspicious and 12,012 votes cast outside polling hours had been found to be valid during a special audit.

(Source: BBC News)