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Afghan President Ghani, rival Abdullah sign power-sharing deal

May 17, 2020 - 7:04 PM

The breakthrough comes as Afghanistan battles a series of crises, including a rapid spread of the deadly coronavirus and surging militant violence

POWER-SHARING. In this file photo, Afghan presidential candidates Abdullah Abdullah (L) and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai stand together after signing a power-sharing agreement at the Presidential Palace in Kabul on September 21, 2014. Photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

Pompeo in Kabul to try to break political deadlock

Mar 23, 2020 - 8:12 PM

The visit comes just a day after the Afghan government and Taliban held their first discussion on prisoner exchanges – a key step in a broader push for peace

BREAK DEADLOCK. In this handout photograph taken and released by Press Office of President of Afghanistan on March 23, 2020, Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani speaks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) during their meeting in Kabul. AFP PHOTO/Press Office of President of Afghanistan

Rockets mar Afghan president's swearing-in as rival inaugurates self

Mar 09, 2020 - 8:35 PM

(UPDATED) The game of thrones has strained the patience of the international community and Afghans alike, with Washington warning earlier that the bickering posed a risk to the US withdrawal deal

INAUGURATION. Afghan honor guards walk ahead of the oath inauguration ceremony of Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani, at the Presidential Palace in Kabul on March 9, 2020. (Photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

Afghan election challenger allows recount

Dec 14, 2019 - 4:53 PM

The country's chief executive Abdullah Abdullah ends his opposition to a recount, but demands that the electoral commission to first invalidate about 300,000 'fraudulent' ballots out of a total of 1.8 million

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. Afghanistan's Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah on November 4 dismissed a new peace proposal by his election rival President Ashraf Ghani as an unrealistic "wishlist", and again called into question the validity of thousands of votes from recent polls. AFP photo

Abdullah claims win over Ghani in Afghan vote well ahead of results

Sep 30, 2019 - 7:21 PM

(UPDATED) The move is likely to stir political tensions across Afghanistan and brings to mind the election Abdullah Abdullah and his top rival Ashraf Ghani bitterly contested in 2014

AFTER VOTING. In this handout photograph taken and released by Afghanistan's Office of Chief Executive on September 28, 2019, Afghan presidential candidate and current Chief Executive Officer, Abdullah Abdullah (C), leaves after casting his vote outside a polling station in Kabul. AFP PHOTO / AFGHANISTAN'S OFFICE OF CHIEF EXECUTIVE

Afghans vote in presidential election amid deadly violence

Sep 29, 2019 - 8:29 AM

Taliban bombings and mortar attacks at polling centers kill 2 civilians and wound 27 others

ELECTION SECURITY. An Afghan security personnel stands guard as women voters wait to cast their ballot at a polling station in Herat on September 28, 2019. Photo by Hoshang Hashimi/AFP

Taliban threaten Afghan presidential elections

Aug 06, 2019 - 9:27 PM

Many observers think the poll will be postponed again – it has already been pushed back twice this year – to create space for a peace deal to be finalized between the US and the Taliban

AFGHAN ELECTIONS. A local residents pushes a wheelbarrow past a billboard with a poster of Afghan presidential candidate and incumbent President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani (C) is seen during the first day of the presidential election campaign in Kabul on July 28,2019. File photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

Afghanistan's incumbent president registers for reelection

Jan 20, 2019 - 8:37 PM

President Ashraf Ghani is set for a rematch with Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, the de facto prime minister

UNREST. Afghan president Mohammad Ashraf Ghani speaks during a press conference at Presidential Palace in Kabul on June 30, 2018. File photo by Noorullah Shirzada/AFP

Anxiety grows over Afghanistan's 'unity government'

Feb 04, 2015 - 10:43 AM

Parliament s rejection last week of most of President Ashraf Ghani s cabinet nominees has cast his administration into uncertainty once again and is fueling fears of fresh turmoil analysts say

In this file photo, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani (C) waves on his arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport to attend the 18th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit in Kathmandu on November 25, 2014. Prakash Mathema/AFP

Saudi King Abdullah dies

Jan 23, 2015 - 7:46 AM

2ND UPDATE The royal court says Abdullah died at 1:00 am local time 2200 GMT on Friday He is replaced by his brother Salman

KING ABDULLAH. A file picture dated 06 November 2007 shows King Abdullah ibn Abd al-Aziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia during his meeting with the Italian premier (not pictured) at the Villa Madama in Rome, Italy. Claudio Onorati/EPA

100 days in power for Afghan president, but no government

Jan 06, 2015 - 2:23 PM

The deadlock over senior cabinet positions underlines the challenges of running a unity government

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul, Afghanistan, December 6, 2014. Jawad Jalali/EPA/File

Afghanistan to inaugurate new president as conflict rages on

Sep 28, 2014 - 4:05 PM

The ceremony will be the country s first democratic transfer of power – a benchmark seen by international donors as a key legacy of the costly military and civilian intervention since the fall of the Taliban in 2001

POWER SHARING. Afghan presidential candidates Abdullah Abdullah (L) and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai shake hands after signing a power-sharing agreement at the Presidential Palace in Kabul on September 21, 2014. Wakil Kohsar/AFP

Ghani named next Afghan president, signs power-sharing deal

Sep 22, 2014 - 12:13 AM

Abdullah will serve as chief executive officer with a role similar to a prime minister

POWER SHARING. Afghan presidential candidates Ashraf Ghani (L) and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah take part in a debate at 1 TV in Kabul, Afghanistan on February 8, 2014. Photo by EPA/S. Sabawoon

Afghan presidential rivals sign unity deal after long dispute

Sep 21, 2014 - 4:20 PM

Ashraf Ghani will become president with Abdullah Abdullah nominating the person to fill a new post of chief executive officer

Disputed Afghan election result to be announced Sunday

Sep 20, 2014 - 6:32 PM

The stalemate between Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah since the June 14 vote has plunged Afghanistan into a political crisis Both men claim to have won the fraud tainted election

ONE-ON-ONE. Afghan presidential candidates Ashraf Ghani (L) and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah take part in a debate at 1 TV in Kabul, Afghanistan on February 8, 2014. S. Sabawoon/EPA

Afghan election in crisis as candidate pulls out of audit

Aug 27, 2014 - 2:47 PM

UPDATED The stand off between Abdullah and his poll rival Ashraf Ghani has threatened to revive ethnic violence in Afghanistan as US led NATO troops withdraw

RECOUNT. A worker of Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC) recounts ballot in Kabul, Afghanistan, 25 August 2014. Hedayatullah Amid/EPA

Afghanistan: still on a long road to unity

Aug 10, 2014 - 2:41 PM

Despite a breakthrough deal between Afghanistan s presidential rivals analysts say the political chaos is far from over

Afghan presidential candidates Ashraf Ghani (L) and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah take part in a debate at 1 TV in Kabul, Afghanistan, 08 February 2014. Afghanistan's presidential election campaign kicked off 02 February with security concerns heightened after the killing of two aides to one of the 11 candidates. EPA/S. SABAWOON

Kerry in Kabul to push for new Afghan president

Aug 07, 2014 - 10:16 PM

The US Secretary of State makes a secret trip to Afghanistan s capital to help broker a deal between rival presidential candidates

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Abdullah rejoins audit of fraud-tainted Afghan election

Aug 04, 2014 - 12:35 AM

The presidential candidate s move averts an imminent collapse of Afghanistan elections

File photo of Abdullah Abdullah by Hashmatullah/Agence France-Presse

Abdullah spurns US-brokered Afghan election audit

Aug 03, 2014 - 7:03 PM

An audit of votes cast in Afghanistan s June presidential election resumes without the backing of Abdullah Abdullah one of the two candidates as the fraud tainted poll descended into further uncertainty

BOYCOTT. In this photograph taken on June 6, 2014, Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah prays at an election gathering after surviving a suicide attack on his convoy in Kabul. Photo by Wakil Kohnsar / AFP

Leave Afghanistan, Philippines urges nationals

Jul 08, 2014 - 7:04 PM

The Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs raises alert level 3 in Afghanistan because of heightened tensions after the presidential elections

TALIBAN ATTACK. Flames rise from oil tanker trucks after an attack by Taliban militants on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan on July 5, 2014. Dozens of tanker trucks carrying oil were hit by rockets fired by suspected Taliban militants. Photo by Jawad Jalali/EPA

Ghani's Afghan election win engulfed in fraud dispute

Jul 07, 2014 - 11:43 PM

Fraud allegations immediately sparked a dispute and stoked concerns of instability after the figures showed Ghani collected 56 4 of the run off vote against ex foreign minister Abdullah s 43 5

ONE-ON-ONE. Afghan presidential candidates Ashraf Ghani (L) and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah take part in a debate at 1 TV in Kabul, Afghanistan on February 8, 2014. Photo by S. Sabawoon/EPA

Afghan election candidates feud on eve of results

Jul 06, 2014 - 11:30 PM

One presidential candidate wants the release of the results to be delayed the other wants them revealed

ONE-ON-ONE. Afghan presidential candidates Ashraf Ghani (L) and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah take part in a debate at 1 TV in Kabul, Afghanistan on February 8, 2014. Photo by S. Sabawoon/EPA

EU observers raise alarm over Afghan election fraud

Jul 03, 2014 - 10:10 PM

European Union observers call for an anti fraud audit into Afghanistan s election to be hugely expanded describing data from many polling stations as very worrying

PROTEST. Supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah hold banners during a protest to demand the halt of vote counting, in Kabul, Afghanistan, 21 June 2014. Photo by Jawad Jalili / EPA

Afghan election result delayed as fraud dispute deepens

Jul 02, 2014 - 12:15 PM

The United Nations and donor countries have been trying for months to prevent a contested election outcome fearing a messy power struggle that could fuel ethnic unrest

UN holds talks to broker Afghan election deal

Jun 24, 2014 - 8:14 PM

The UN steps in to help broker a solution to Afghanistan s election crisis hosting talks between presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah and the election authority that he has boycotted

Abdullah 'open to talks' after Afghan election official quits

Jun 23, 2014 - 9:07 PM

Now the door is open for us to talk to the election commission and talk about the conditions and circumstances that will help the process Abdullah says

OPEN TO TALKS. 'Now the door is open for us to talk to the (election) commission and talk about the conditions and circumstances that will help the process,' Abdullah tells reporters after Amarkhail resigned. File photo by Hashmatullah/AFP

Afghan election frontrunner releases audio to 'prove' fraud claims

Jun 23, 2014 - 1:12 AM

Around 13 minutes of poor quality audio were released by the politician s team in a bid to prove fraud

ONE-ON-ONE. Afghan presidential candidates Ashraf Ghani (L) and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah take part in a debate at 1 TV in Kabul, Afghanistan on February 8, 2014. Photo by S. Sabawoon/EPA

Protests in Kabul over Afghan election 'fraud'

Jun 21, 2014 - 3:41 PM

Supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah held street protests as fears grow of unrest erupting over alleged fraud in last week s runoff elections

PROTESTS. An Afghan demonstrator shouts slogans in support of presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah in Kabul on Saturday, June 21. Photo by Shah Marai/AFP

Abdullah threatens to reject Afghan election result

Jun 19, 2014 - 10:47 PM

Abdullah has focused his fraud claims on the Independent Election Commission s estimated turnout of more than 7 million voters which he believes is too high

'STOP VOTE COUNT.' Former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah, among the presidential candidate in 2014 Afghan polls. File photo by Hashmatullah/AFP

Afghan election in peril over Abdullah's fraud claims

Jun 18, 2014 - 10:09 PM

The presidential candidate ramps up his complaints over alleged fraud in June 14 s run off election by accusing his opponent Ashraf Ghani and outgoing President Hamid Karzai of being involved in an alleged fraud

ONE-ON-ONE. Afghan presidential candidates Ashraf Ghani (L) and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah take part in a debate at 1 TV in Kabul, Afghanistan on February 8, 2014. Photo by S. Sabawoon/EPA

Afghanistan celebrates largely peaceful run-off vote

Jun 14, 2014 - 8:46 PM

The poll will decide whether former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah or ex World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani leads the country into a new era of declining international military and civilian assistance

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Afghans vote in run-off election despite Taliban threats

Jun 14, 2014 - 11:09 AM

UPDATED The run off poll will decide whether ex foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah or ex World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani leads the country into a new era of declining international military and civilian assistance

POLLS OPEN. Afghans wait to cast their ballot at a polling station during the presidential elections run-off, in Herat, Afghanistan, June 14, 2014. A Photo by Jalil Rezayee/EPA

Afghan election front-runner Abdullah escapes assassination bid

Jun 06, 2014 - 5:15 PM

UPDATED No one has so far claimed responsibility for the attack

LEADING IN POLLS SO FAR. Former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah, among the presidential candidate in 2014 Afghan polls. File photo by Hashmatullah/AFP

Taliban threaten Afghan election, warn voters to stay away

Jun 02, 2014 - 8:59 PM

The Taliban warns voters to stay away from the polling stations on June 14 otherwise they will get hurt or killed

AFGHAN ELECTION. Supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani attend an election campaign for the second round in Sheberghan the capital city of the Jowzjan Province in northern Afghanistan on June 2, 2014. The election for a new president in Afghanistan will go to a run-off vote in June after no candidate received the majority of votes needed to win outright. Photo by Mustafa Najafizada/EPA

US plans full Afghan withdrawal by end of 2016 –official

May 28, 2014 - 12:00 AM

The plan depends on the Afghan government agreeing to sign a joint security agreement with the United States

SECURITY. Afghan policemen stand at a checkpost in Kandahar on April 4, 2013, a day before the country holds its historic elections. Photo by Banaras Khan/Agence France-Presse

Delayed Afghan election result to be released Thursday

May 14, 2014 - 9:37 PM

Election result will be announced after a one day delay over fraud investigations into the first round of voting to find a successor to Hamid Karzai

Afghan election front-runners trade fraud allegations

Apr 27, 2014 - 9:08 PM

Former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah and ex World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani will compete in a runoff election after neither gained the 50 needed for first round victory

ONE-ON-ONE. Afghan presidential candidates Ashraf Ghani (L) and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah take part in a TV debate on 2 February 2014. File photo by S. Sabawoon/EPA

Afghan election heads for Abdullah-Ghani run-off

Apr 27, 2014 - 1:18 AM

Whoever wins the Afghan presidential election will have to oversee the fight against a resilient Taliban insurgency

Abdullah strengthens Afghan poll lead to 11 points: officials

Apr 20, 2014 - 10:25 PM

With 3 45 million votes counted the former foreign minister has so far garnered 44 4 of the vote

LEADING IN POLLS SO FAR. Former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah, among the presidential candidate in 2014 Afghan polls. File photo by Hashmatullah/AFP

Abdullah leads Ghani in first partial results of Afghan vote

Apr 13, 2014 - 8:03 PM

The former foreign minister is leading with 10 of the total votes counted from 26 provinces

LEADING THE POLLS. Abdullah Abdullah, presidential candidate in 2014 Afghan elections. File photo by Hashmatullah/AFP

Afghan presidential hopefuls raise fraud concerns

Apr 06, 2014 - 10:22 PM

More than 1 200 complaints had been received by the Election Complaints Commission by Sunday morning its spokesman said

Afghanistan's Abdullah says election 'chance for change'

Feb 05, 2014 - 11:22 AM

The presidential debate yielded few surprises but Abdullah and four other candidates coalesced on the need to improve the country s dire security situation

DEBATE. Afghanistan's presidential candidates, left to right, Abdullah Abdullah, Qayum Karzai, Abdul Rahim Wardak, Zalmai Rassoul and Ashraf Ghani at Tolo TV station in Kabul on February 4, 2014. Wakil Kohsar/AFP

Filipino on Saudi death row wins short reprieve

Mar 12, 2013 - 7:20 PM

Saudi s King grants a short reprieve to laborer Joselito Zapanta giving him 3 months to raise blood money

BLOOD MONEY to save their dade. Zapanta's children appeal for 'blood money'. Photo courtesy of Migrante Ingternational