Abdullah Abdullah announced his victory in the Afghan presidential elections

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Afghanistan’s top executive, Abdullah Ghani, won the first round of presidential elections on Saturday, despite the counting of votes, the country’s chief executive said on Monday.

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“The IEC will announce the results, but we got the majority of votes. There will be no second round,” Abdullah told a news conference.

Abdullah, who ran for the third time after losing in 2009 and 2014, said his team “will form the new government.”

Immediately, he considered the head of the Independent Electoral Commission Habib Rahman Nang Abdullah’s declaration “premature.”

“No candidate has the right to declare himself a winner,” he said. “By law, it is the IEC that declares the winner.”

Preliminary results are not expected to be announced by the Electoral Commission before 19 October.

Without giving details, Abdullah cited reports that “some government officials” interfered in the electoral process.

His comments came after videos spread on several social media sites that showed polling station staff stuffing boxes.

The candidate needs to win more than 50 percent of the vote to win from the first round, otherwise a second round will take place between the two candidates with the highest number of votes in November.

Despite the large number of candidates, the presidential election is seen as a bilateral race between Abdullah and Ghani.

The two politicians are opponents of Dodan and have already competed in the 2014 ballot in elections that were so serious that the United States imposed on Kabul the creation of Abdullah’s chief executive.


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