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Massoud Rejects Coalition Government

Massoud Rejects Coalition Government

July 26, 2014

KABUL - A key ally of presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani-Ahmadzai, Ahmad Zia Massoud, on Friday rejected the foundation of a coalition government. Speaking at an event in Kabul, he said that the national ...

Civilian Killings an Unpardonable Act: Karzai

Civilian Killings  an Unpardonable  Act: Karzai

July 26, 2014

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai on Friday vehemently denounced the killing of civilians in western Ghor province. Suspected militants disembarked 18 passengers from two vehicles on the Ghor-Kabul Highway ...

UN Convenes Meeting on Strengthening Presidential Election Audit

UN Convenes Meeting on Strengthening Presidential Election Audit

July 24, 2013

KABUL - With the support of both of the candidates in Presidential election, the United Nations convened a meeting this morning at the headquarters of the Independent Election ...

Auditing Process Halted for a Second Time

Auditing Process Halted for a Second Time

July 24, 2013

KABUL - The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Wednesday announced that the auditing process has been halted, for a second time, because of disputes between the ...

IEC to Halt Audit Process if Candidates Do Not Reach Agreement

IEC to Halt Audit Process if Candidates Do Not Reach Agreement

July 23, 2014

KABUL - Officials of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) have said that the audit process will face challenges if the presidential candidates do not agree on the standard ...

National Unity Govt. Only Remedy: Spanta

National Unity Govt. Only Remedy: Spanta

July 23, 2014

KABUL - National Security Advisor Dr. Rangin Dadfar Spanta on Tuesday called a national unity government the only solution to current political problems of the ...

US Mediation Came at Request of President, Candidates: Dobbins

US Mediation Came at Request of President, Candidates: Dobbins

July 23, 2014

KABUL - Although the "national unity government" terminology used in the agreement between Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and Abdullah Abdullah has been subject to some debate in recent ...

Election Teams Assure Strength of Agreement between Candidates

Election Teams Assure Strength of Agreement between Candidates

July 22, 2014

KABUL - The teams of the two presidential hopefuls on Monday took time to assure the public that the crisis-avoiding agreements made last week with help from the United Nations and ...

Observers Distressed About Auditing Procedures

Observers Distressed About Auditing Procedures

July 22, 2014

KABUL - The election observer institutions on Monday raised concerns over brawls between the candidates about the finalization of the vote auditing checklist, which defines the ...

600 Boxes Audited in Five Days

600 Boxes Audited in Five Days

July 22, 2014

KABUL - The Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced prior to the start of auditing that the commission was determined to investigate 1,000 ballot boxes a day, but in the ...

Unity Govt. Idea Floated by Afghans: Qanuni

Unity Govt. Idea Floated by Afghans: Qanuni

July 20, 2014

KABUL - The strategy for a government of national unity had been devised by the Afghan government and endorsed by the global fraternity to break the electoral deadlock, the first ...

Unease in Congress, Region over Obama Afghan Plan

Unease in Congress, Region over Obama Afghan Plan

July 20, 2014

WASHINGTON - Afghanistan's disputed election and Iraq's unraveling are giving members of Congress and U.S. allies in the region reason to think President Barack should rethink his ...

Vote Audit to be Completed on Time: IEC

Vote Audit to be Completed on Time: IEC

July 20, 2014

KABUL - As the vote audit continues in Kabul, the Independent Election Commission IEC on Saturday affirmed its commitment to completing the process within four ...

MPs Deny Trust Vote to 3 ICOIC Members

MPs Deny Trust Vote to 3 ICOIC Members

July 20, 2014

KABUL - The Wolesi Jirga (lower house of parliament) on Saturday again denied giving a trust vote to three outgoing members of the Independent Commission for Overseeing the ...

Candidates Discuss "National Unity Government"

Candidates Discuss

July 19, 2014

KABUL - Presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah and opponent Ashraf Ghani-Ahmadzai continue to discuss ballot audits and other agreements made during the U.S. Secretary of State John ...

Qanooni Criticizes Taliban Release

Qanooni Criticizes Taliban Release

July 19, 2014

KABUL - President Karzai's First Vice President, Muhammad Younus Qanooni, strongly criticizes the government's policy toward the Taliban, stating that the released Taliban commanders ...

57 Project Proposals Signed with Kabul: India

57 Project Proposals Signed with Kabul: India

July 19, 2014

KABUL - India and Afghanistan have signed 57 project proposals for which financial approvals have been received from the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, the Indian Embassy in ...

Didn't Seek Complete Pullout: Dunford

Didn't Seek Complete Pullout: Dunford

July 19, 2014

WASHINGTON - The top US and NATO commander in Afghanistan on Thursday told lawmakers that military leaders had not sought complete withdrawal of American forces from the country ...

Audit Process to Begin Today

Audit Process to Begin Today

July 17, 2014

KABUL - The comprehensive audit of votes cast during the runoff election will begin at the central office of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) in Kabul on ...

Paghman Arson Assault a Terrorist Act: Daudzai

Paghman Arson Assault a Terrorist Act: Daudzai

July 17, 2014

KABUL - Interior Minister Muhammad Umar Daudzai informed legislators on Wednesday that torching of hundreds of NATO supply trucks in the Paghman district of Kabul some weeks back ...

Abdullah to Host Ghani on Today

Abdullah to Host Ghani on Today

July 17, 2014

KABUL - Presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah will host opponent Ashraf Ghani-Ahmadzai at his residence Thursday, as political consultations and negotiations continue between the two ...

Abdullah, Ghani Hold Face-to-Face Election Talks

Abdullah, Ghani Hold Face-to-Face Election Talks

July 16, 2014

KABUL - The two Afghan presidential candidates Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai held a 90-minute long face-to-face talk on Tuesday, their first meeting after the end ...

Senators Nix Bill on Privileges for Lawmakers

Senators Nix Bill on Privileges for Lawmakers

July 16, 2014

KABUL - The Meshrano Jirga -- or upper house of parliament -- rejected on Tuesday a draft law allowing parliamentarians to take advantage of certain privileges even after completing their ...

89 Afghans Die in Deadly Suicide Attack in Paktika

89 Afghans Die in Deadly Suicide Attack in Paktika

July 16, 2014

SHARAN - At least 89 civilians have been killed and nearly fifty others have been wounded when a suicide bomber detonated his explosive-laden truck in a marketplace in Argon district in ...

Planning for Vote Audit Has Begun: IEC

Planning for Vote Audit Has Begun: IEC

July 15, 2014

KABUL - The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Monday said it would begin an extensive audit of all run‐off election results from almost 23,000 polling stations at its headquarters ...

Masood May be Named as Chief Executive

Masood May be Named as Chief Executive

July 15, 2014

KABUL - The Change and Continuity team, led by Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, indicated on Monday to install ex-First Vice-president Ahmad Zia Masood as chief executive of the ...

Vote Auditing Delayed, Still Expected to Comply with UN Vision

Vote Auditing Delayed, Still Expected to Comply with UN Vision

July 15, 2014

KABUL - The comprehensive vote auditing process agreed to by the two presidential candidates as part of a deal to get the election process back on track was set to begin on ...

Int’l Observers to Audit Ballot Boxes

Int’l Observers to Audit Ballot Boxes

July 14, 2014

KABUL - Ballot boxes from the provinces will be transferred to Kabul to the Independent Election Commission (IEC) storage soon under the operations of the International Security ...

MJ Members Slam Govt. Failure to Resolve Vote Crisis

MJ Members Slam Govt. Failure to Resolve Vote Crisis

July 14, 2014

KABUL - Meshrano Jirga (MJ) members on Sunday welcomed the breakthrough in the deadlocked presidential election process, saying agreement between the two hopefuls brought to an end fears ...

Kubis Commends Candidates' Commitment

Kubis Commends Candidates' Commitment

July 14, 2014

KABUL - Following a US-brokered deal, the top UN diplomat in Afghanistan congratulated late Saturday night the presidential candidates on their commitment to the country’s stability ...

Winner of Election to Lose Chief Executive Seat: Mohaqiq

Winner of Election to Lose Chief Executive Seat: Mohaqiq

July 14, 2014

KABUL – Haji Mohammad Mohaqiq, who is contesting as the vice-president of Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, has said that the winner of the runoff election will lose the Chief Executive seat ...

Law on Privileges for MPs Draws Criticism

Law on Privileges for MPs Draws Criticism

July 14, 2014

KABUL - Some political analysts and common people view giving certain privileges to parliamentarians even after completing their tenure as illegal and unfair, urging the upper house and ...

Afghan Candidates Agree to Audit Results: Kerry Solution

Afghan Candidates Agree to Audit Results: Kerry Solution

July 13, 2014

KABUL - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says both of Afghanistan’s presidential candidates are committed to abiding by the results of the “largest, most comprehensive ...

UNAMA Proposes Additional Vote Audit

UNAMA Proposes Additional Vote Audit

July 13, 2014

KABUL - At a meeting convened by President Hamid Karzai the other day, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) presented its proposal for an additional audit aimed at ...

Draft Law on Privileges for Lawmakers Approved

Draft Law on Privileges for Lawmakers Approved

July 13, 2014

KABUL - The Wolesi Jirga on Saturday approved a draft law, allowing lower house members to draw 25 percent of their salaries, keep two guards and enjoy certain other privileges ...