Afghan rivals reach unity government deal
Power-sharing pact, to be signed on Sunday, will end months of crisis following disputed presidential polls in June.
Last updated: 20 Sep 2014 18:30
Earlier results of the June 14 run-offs have led to street protests with Abdullah's supporters claiming fraud [AFP]
|Afghanistan's two rival presidential candidates have agreed to sign a power-sharing agreement, a senior government official said, ending a prolonged stand-off over the disputed June 14 election.|
"Both candidates are expected to sign an agreement on the structure of National Unity (Government) tomorrow," Aimal Faizi, spokesman for outgoing President Hamid Karzai, said on his Twitter account on Saturday.
Elections to replace Karzai have led two months of crisis that further destabilised violence-plagued Afghanistan as it braces for foreign troops' withdrawal at year's end, leaving Afghan forces to fight Taliban fighters.
The deal will be signed on the same day that the final results from a recount are to be announced.
A spokesman for front-running candidate, former finance minister Ashraf Ghani, said on condition of anonymity on Saturday night that "100 percent" of outstanding issues had been resolved, and both camps had initialled a power-sharing agreement.
Preliminary results released in July showed Ghani ahead of ex-foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah with 56 percent of the vote.
The early results prompted street protests from supporters of Abdullah, who charged massive fraud and said he was the rightful winner.
Final results have been delayed for weeks by a UN-monitored audit of all eight million ballots cast in the June 14 run-off vote between Ghani and Abdullah, the top finishers of the first round in April.
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Key meeting at Presidential Palace postponedBy Sep 20, 2014 - 18:09
KABUL (Pajhwok): A high-level meeting, scheduled for this afternoon at the Presidential Palace, had to be delayed for unannounced reasons on Saturday, a knowledgeable source said.
President Hamid Karzai was to host both presidential runners Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, as well as notableleaders at 2pm, one official said.
A source in the Presidential Palace confided to Pajhwok Afghan News the meeting was supposed to take up important issues regarding a unity government deal.
Earlier in the day, while addressing a ceremony marking the death anniversary of former president Burhanuddin Rabbani, Karzai made an allusion to the key session and promised the nation good news from it.
“Heads of the Independent Election Commission () as well as Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) and the jihadi leaders were there. But Abdullah did not show up till 5pm,” the source revealed.
Abdullah did reach the venue later on but all others had left by then. It, however, remains unclear whether or not the meeting will take place. IEC says the final results from the presidential elections will be announced tomorrow.