KABUL, July 8 (Xinhua) -- Presidential contender Abdullah Abdullah on Tuesday rejected the preliminary of Afghan presidential elections announced on Monday, saying he is the winner and the people want him to announce government.
"The preliminary result of presidential elections announced on Monday is illegitimate and I don't accept it. The people of Afghanistan want us to announce our government," Abdullah said in a public meeting attended by thousands of his supporters under a giant tent here.
In his address, Abdullah said that he is the real winner in presidential elections and what has been announced by the election commission is fake and phony.
Preliminary results showed that Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, a former World Bank official, won the June 14 second round.
"Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai secured 56.44 percent of more than 8 million votes in the presidential runoff held on June 14, while his contender Abdullah Abdullah garnered 43.56 percent," Chairman of the Election Commission Ahmad Yusuf Nuristani said at a press conference on Monday.
Abdullah also accused President Hamid Karzai, the election commission and Ghani Ahmadzai's team of fraud, warning that the country would plunge into crisis if clean votes are not filtered from the fake ones.
Abdullah secured 45 percent of some seven million votes in April 16 presidential elections against his rival Ghani Ahmadzai, who garnered 31.6 percent.
KABUL, June 23 (Xinhua) -- Afghan election commission chief secretariat Ziaul Haq Omarkhil resigned on Monday in the wake of leveling allegation by presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah in vote rigging and demand for his suspension from duty.
Omarkhil announced his resignation at a press conference here, saying he quit the office for the larger interests of the country instead of being under pressure.Full Story