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Sep 3, 2014

Afghan election contenders in last-ditch bid to rescue power-sharing deal

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan’s rival presidential campaigns were holding last-ditch talks on Wednesday to rescue a deal on a national government after a disputed election raised fears of exacerbating ethnic divisions.

Presidential contender Abdullah Abdullah extended a Tuesday deadline to disengage from the political process to allow international efforts to salvage the U.S-brokered deal under which the two sides also agreed to accept the results of a U.N.-supervised vote audit, his camp said.

Sep 1, 2014
Sep 1, 2014

Afghan talks for unity government collapse; crisis deepens

KABUL (Reuters) – Talks on a power sharing deal between Afghanistan’s rival presidential candidates, Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, have collapsed, a top leader said on Monday, rekindling fears of ethnic unrest over the disputed vote.

Under the terms of a deal brokered by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, the runner-up in the election would name a “chief executive” in a unity government conceived to keep the lid on political tensions.

Aug 28, 2014

U.N. says “not possible” to finish Afghan vote audit by Sept. 2

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan’s U.N. representative told President Hamid Karzai on Thursday that the audit of a disputed election would not be finished by Sept. 2, when Karzai had hoped to see a new leader inaugurated.

The United Nations is supervising the audit of votes from a run-off ballot between the two candidates, Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani. Both men have claimed victory in an election meant to mark the country’s first democratic transfer of power.

Aug 28, 2014

U.N. says ‘not possible’ to finish Afghan vote audit by September 2

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan’s U.N. representative told President Hamid Karzai on Thursday that the audit of a disputed election would not be finished by Sept. 2, when Karzai had hoped to see a new leader inaugurated.

The United Nations is supervising the audit of votes from a run-off ballot between the two candidates, Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani. Both men have claimed victory in an election meant to mark the country’s first democratic transfer of power.

Aug 28, 2014
Aug 28, 2014
Aug 27, 2014

Afghan election audit disrupted as candidate threatens to walk out

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah withdrew observers from a U.N.-supervised audit of votes on Wednesday, a member of his team said, after threatening to pull out of an agreement to resolve a deadlocked election.

The audit of ballots from a June run-off vote is part of a U.S.-brokered deal between Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani, both of whom say they won the election that was hoped would usher in Afghanistan’s first democratic transfer of power.

Aug 27, 2014

Afghan election audit disrupted as Abdullah Abdullah threatens to walk out

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah withdrew observers from a U.N.-supervised audit of votes on Wednesday, a member of his team said, after threatening to pull out of an agreement to resolve a deadlocked election.

The audit of ballots from a June run-off vote is part of a U.S.-brokered deal between Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani, both of whom say they won the election that was hoped would usher in Afghanistan’s first democratic transfer of power.

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      "Began my media career with Japanese TV (NHK) ten years ago in Islamabad where I had moved following the civil war in Afghanistan. I returned to Kabul in early 2002 and later joined Reuters as a correspondent. I cover the insurgency, the politics, and Afghan society from across the country."
      Joined Reuters:
      2007
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