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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.

Aug 26, 2014

Afghan candidate threatens to pull out of election process

KABUL (Reuters) – One of two candidates competing to succeed Afghan leader Hamid Karzai threatened on Tuesday to pull out of a U.N.-backed audit of a disputed presidential election, undermining a process meant to defuse a volatile standoff between the contenders.

The investigation is part of a U.S.-brokered deal between presidential candidates Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani, both of whom claim to have won the election that was hoped would usher in the country’s first democratic transfer of power.

Aug 24, 2014
Aug 20, 2014

Afghanistan gives NYT reporter 24 hours to leave country

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan has given a New York Times reporter 24 hours to leave the country, accusing him of not cooperating with an investigation into his reporting, the Attorney General’s office said on Wednesday.

Matthew Rosenberg, 40, was summoned for questioning on Tuesday after the newspaper ran a story about officials discussing plans to form an interim government and “seize power” if a deadlock over the presidential election failed to break soon.

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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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