- Title: Afghanistan's Ghani wins slim majority in presidential vote preliminary results
- Date: 22nd December 2019
- Summary: Ghani welcomed back Sharbat Gula, the green-eyed "Afghan Girl" whose 1985 photo in National Geographic became a symbol of her country's wars, offering her a furnished apartment after she was deported by Pakistan. KABUL, AFGHANISTAN (FILE - NOVEMBER 9, 2016) (REUTERS) ***WARNING: CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** THE GREEN-EYED 'AFGHAN GIRL', SHARBAT GULA, AND HER CHILDREN ARRIVING AT THE PRESIDENTIAL PALACE AND GREETING AFGHAN PRESIDENT ASHRAF GHANI AND HIS WIFE VARIOUS OF GHANI AND HIS WIFE GREETING GULA AND HER CHILDREN GHANI SITTING WITH GULA'S SON GULA SEATED GHANI SEATED WITH GULA'S SON SON AND DAUGHTER OF GULA PRESIDENT GHANI GIVING THE KEY OF AN APARTMENT TO GULA GULA STANDING GHANI AND SHARBAT GULA AT THE CEREMONY
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- Keywords: Ashraf Ghani preliminary results presidential election slim majority
- Location: HERAT, KABUL, KUNDUZ, KHOJA GHAR, AFGHANISTAN / BRUSSELS, BELGIUM / LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM/ WASHINGTON D.C., U.S. / RAWALPINDI, ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN/ MUNICH, GERMANY / BISHKEK, KYRGYZSTAN
- City: HERAT, KABUL, KUNDUZ, KHOJA GHAR, AFGHANISTAN / BRUSSELS, BELGIUM / LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM/ WASHINGTON D.C., U.S. / RAWALPINDI, ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN/ MUNICH, GERMANY / BISHKEK, KYRGYZSTAN
- Country: Afghanistan
- Reuters ID: LVA00EBB32NUV
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Afghanistan's incumbent President, Ashraf Ghani, won a slim majority of votes in a Sept. 28 election, delayed preliminary results showed on Sunday (December 22) in a poll that plunged the country into political uncertainty.
The Independent Election Commission (IEC) said the total turnout in the presidential election, which was marred by allegations of massive fraud, was 1.9 million with Ghani securing 50.64%, enough to win the first round of voting.
IEC head Hawa Alam Nuristani said in a press conference in Kabul that outcome could change after final results and was subject to a review by the election complaints commission.
If a review showed Ghani's vote falling below 50% and no other candidate with a majority, a second round of voting would be held, she said.
Ghani's top challenger Abdullah Abdullah, who currently shares power with him in an awkward unity government, finished second with 39.52% of the vote, according to tally announced by the IEC.
In a statement on Sunday, Abdullah's office said he did not accept the preliminary results and that the commission had failed to tackle election fraud.
Last month, IEC began recounting thousands of votes due to what it described as discrepancies in its system. Abdullah's side objected to the recount and called it an attempt to add more votes in favour of Ghani. IEC dismissed those allegations.
With 9.7 million registered voters, according to IEC, Afghanistan's 1.9 million voter turnout for the presidential election was low.
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