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Afghan authorities will suspend peace efforts pending election

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — The Government of Afghanistan suspends efforts to resolve the situation in the country peacefully before the presidential election, scheduled for September 28, reports 1TV News , citing official spokesman for President Sedik Sedikki.

Sedikki said that the priority is the holding of elections, consultations on a peaceful settlement will be resumed after the vote. He confirmed that the elections would be held on time, and rejected the idea of ​​forming an interim government.

“Those who are calling for an interim government in Afghanistan are opposed to the republican system and the Afghans,” Sedikki said at a press conference in Kabul.

In March, the Afghanistan Independent Electoral Commission announced that the country’s presidential election would be held on September 28, 2019. The radical Taliban have made several threats to disrupt the election.

The UN Secretary General’s Special Representative expressed concern that civilians participating in the elections could become their target.

18 people registered as candidates for the highest state post in the republic, including Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, who in 2014 were the main rivals in the struggle for the presidency.

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