Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday dialled Afghanistan president Ashraf Ghani to congratulate him for the election victory. Ashraf Ghani secured second term with 50.64 per cent of the presidential vote share, Afghanistan Independent Election Commission said.
“My dear friend Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called me this afternoon to congratulate me and the Afghan people on the successful election win in the presidential elections”, news agency ANI quotes Afghanistan President as saying.
Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani: My dear friend Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called me this afternoon to congratulate me and the Afghan people on the successful election win in the presidential elections (file pic) pic.twitter.com/ve4UbpK1yQ— ANI (@ANI) December 24, 2019
However, his top rival Abdullah Abdullah, who got 39.52 per cent vote share, said he would contest the result. “We would like to make it clear once again to our people, supporters, election commission and our international allies that our team will not accept the result of this fraudulent vote unless our legitimate demands are addressed,” a statement from Abdullah’s office reads.
Preliminary results had to be announced on October 19 but were repeatedly delayed amid technical issues and allegations of fraud from various candidates, particularly Abdullah.
Moreover, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said India expects that the complaints would be addressed through the prescribed legal processes.
“We welcome the announcement of the preliminary results of the Presidential election of Afghanistan held on 28 September and commend all the leaders and institutions for their hard work to preserve and strengthen democracy in the country,” Raveesh Kumar added.
(With inputs from agencies)