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Afghanistan: Ashraf Ghani declared new Afghan president01:35

Afghanistan: Ashraf Ghani declared new Afghan president

Afghanistan, Kabul
September 21, 2014 at 16:06 GMT +00:00 · Published

Afghanistan’s election commission pronounced Ashraf Ghani the winner of the country’s presidential election, in Kabul Sunday, but withheld an announcement of the total votes won. Despite an audit process overseen by the UN and funded by the US government, Afghan officials refused to immediately release the total vote figures.

The two runoff presidential candidates from the June 2014 election signed a power-sharing agreement together in Kabul's Presidential Palace earlier Sunday. Ashraf Ghani will take the presidency, while Abdullah Abdullah will be chief executive; they agreed to a deal under which they would both be allowed to appoint ministers in order to form a new government.

The election had been marred by allegations of fraud which caused the detailed results of the vote to be delayed pending an extensive review of the process. Afghanistan's former president Hamid Karzai congratulated both candidates on the deal.

A bilateral security agreement with the US is expected to be one of the first documents to be signed by the new president. The deal allows a force of about 12,000 US troops to stay on into 2015.

Afghanistan: Ashraf Ghani declared new Afghan president01:35
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Afghanistan’s election commission pronounced Ashraf Ghani the winner of the country’s presidential election, in Kabul Sunday, but withheld an announcement of the total votes won. Despite an audit process overseen by the UN and funded by the US government, Afghan officials refused to immediately release the total vote figures.

The two runoff presidential candidates from the June 2014 election signed a power-sharing agreement together in Kabul's Presidential Palace earlier Sunday. Ashraf Ghani will take the presidency, while Abdullah Abdullah will be chief executive; they agreed to a deal under which they would both be allowed to appoint ministers in order to form a new government.

The election had been marred by allegations of fraud which caused the detailed results of the vote to be delayed pending an extensive review of the process. Afghanistan's former president Hamid Karzai congratulated both candidates on the deal.

A bilateral security agreement with the US is expected to be one of the first documents to be signed by the new president. The deal allows a force of about 12,000 US troops to stay on into 2015.