Afghan Election: Abdullah and Ahmadzai Go to the Second Round

So today the results of Afghan election are officially announced. The election will not be concluded in the first round, and a month from now there will be another round.

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Via Telegraph:

After almost six weeks of counts, recounts and fraud investigations,Afghans now know who will proceed to a second round in the country’s long-winded process to replace President Hamid Karzai.

Abdullah Abdullah, a former foreign minister, who claimed 45 per cent of first-round votes will face Ashraf Ghani [Ahmadzai], a former finance minister, whose energetic campaign and social media nous propelled him to 31.6 per cent, on June 14.

Both have promised to sign a much-delayed deal to allow American troops to stay in the country beyond the end of the year and stood on similar, ideology-free platforms.

So far the election has been a victory for the supporters of democracy around the globe. These are the reasons:

  • People of Afghanistan showed a proverbial middle finger to the Taliban and other Islamist groups trying to stop these elections from happening, turn out was high, and among women too.
  • This is the first time in recent history that the president in power is leaving power and handing it to a new person with no violence and in a democratic fashion.
  • The security forces and the NATO managed to keep violence at a minimum.
  • There were few complaints, both candidates ultimately accepted the results, so not perfect, but progress.
  • The candidate of the current administration didn’t even go to the second round, both remaining candidates were among the opposition, so no Putin/Medvedev shenanigans, a good news.
  • And best of all: the Islamist candidates placed at 4th and 6th, garnering only 9% of the votes put together. Suck on that, political Islam.

A very good day for Afghanistan, and I wish the best for Afghan people.

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