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Abdullah and Ghani register for presidential polls

Ghani and Abdullah Register for Presidential Polls

KABUL – President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah officially registered to run in presidential polls, scheduled for 20th of July this year.
Amrullah Saleh, the former Minister of Interior and current Second Vice President Mohammad Sarwar Danish also registered their names with the Independent Election Commission (IEC) to run with Ghani for the First and Second Vice President seats.
The president has replaced his current first vice president, Abdul Rashid Dostum, with Amrullah Saleh, a staunch opponent of the Taliban, for his 2019 ticket.
On the other hand, Abdullah’s running mates as the first Vice President is Enayatullah Babur Farahmand and former member of parliament, Asadullah Saadati, as the Second Vice President.
In his speech to the media after completion of registration process, Ghani promised to work towards peace and bring stability in the country, emphasizing that his team would strive for peace but would never beg it from others.
He also added that his team would remain committed that no deal would be made to compromise with the dignity of the nation and the Afghan national defense and security forces.
Ghani said the first peace offer to the militants was made by him and he would be ready to lay his life for peace.
Good governance, maintaining international relations based on national benefits, and reforms were among the other priorities which Ghani vowed that his team would strive for.
He also instructed the national security forces to step up efforts to provide security to the presidential candidates.
This is the second time that Ghani and Abdullah will be facing each other at the presidential polls, with the 2014 elections being last time they were seen contesting for the president.
(Sahar News)

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