Two days after the presidential election, while the preliminary results are not expected before October 19, the candidate Abdullah Abdullah, current chief executive, claims victory. He is launching a political crisis, one that everyone feared even before the start of the poll.
With our correspondent in Kabul, Sonia Ghezali
The ballots have not yet been counted, the count is far from over, but the candidate Abdullah Abdullah, the chief executive, seems to know the results already.
" We have the greatest number of votes in this election, " and when all the fraudulent votes are eliminated, our results will be even higher.
The day before, President Ashraf Ghani's running mate, a candidate for his own re-election, told the media: " 60 to 70 percent of people voted for our team ."
The Independent Electoral Commission issued a call to order stating that no candidate had the right to declare himself the winner. The preliminary results will be announced on October 19th, the final ones on November 7th.
The political scientist Haroun Mir calls these statements a serious political error that goes against democracy.
The story seems to repeat itself. In 2014, the two rivals in the polls were also declared winners. It took the intervention of John Kerry , the US Secretary of State to end the post - election crisis with the creation of a government of national unity and the position of chief executive for Abdullah Abdullah.
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