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Campaign for Afghan presidential runoff in full swing in spite of security threats

English.news.cn   2014-06-08 21:34:29

By Haleem

KABUL, June 8 (Xinhua) -- As the date for the Afghan presidential run-off is getting closer, the presidential hopefuls, regardless of security threats, have speeded up their campaigns to woo more support and win the country's top post.

In the run-off scheduled for June 14, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and his rival Dr. Ashraf Ghani will contest to win the polls and replace outgoing president Hamid Karzai.

Dr. Abdullah who survived suicide attacks on his motorcade on Friday in the fortified capital city Kabul attended a public meeting in Kapisa province a day later of the deadly attack on Saturday.

Downplaying the security threats, in his address to thousands of his supporters in Kapisa province on Saturday, Abdullah said that using franchise in the run-off is the way to say "no" to militancy, calling upon people to vastly participate on the June 14 runoff polls.

Two suicide bombers targeted the convoy of Dr. Abdullah in Kabul on Friday, leaving 10 people dead including three of his bodyguards and injuring more than 30 others including several passersby, according to local media reports.

However, Abdullah escaped unhurt and continued his campaign to win the elections.

Abdullah, who spent a busy day on Saturday, likewise his contender Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, is going to address a public meeting later on Sunday.

Ghani Ahmadzai's team has arranged several public meetings in Kabul, Takhar and Baghlan provinces since Saturday to muster more support for the run-off elections.

Taliban militants, who have vowed to derail the elections in Afghanistan and have conducted series of attacks on election workers, have yet to claim the responsibility for attack on Abdullah's life.

Meantime, an Afghan political analyst Jawed Kohistani in talks with local media termed the attack on leading presidential candidate Adbullah as "organized one to physically eliminate Abdullah and his designated vice presidents."

Kohistani has also predicted more attacks to disrupt the run- off polls.

Attack on Abdullah has drawn wide condemnation at home and abroad.

outgoing President Hamid Karzai, Abdullah's challenger Ghani Ahmadzai, the United Nations, the United States and the European Union have termed the terrorist attack on presidential candidate as an assassination bid and strongly condemned it.

President Hamid Karzai, besides condemning the deadly attacks, has also ordered thorough investigation into the attacks on Dr. Abdullah and instructed the security organs to ensure a peaceful environment for the June 14 presidential run-off.

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