Abdullah Abdullah arrives for a speech after the final presidential election results in Kabul on Tuesday. Reuters
Afghan presidential election took a peculiar turn on Tuesday as after the the poll panel declared incumbent President Ashraf Ghani the winner, the loser Abdullah Abdullah contested final results and vowed to form his own parallel government.
"Our team, based on clean and biometric votes, is the victor and we declare our victory. The fraudsters are the shame of history and we announce our inclusive government," Abdullah said at a press conference in Kabul.
Earlier in the day Afghan election officials said final results showed he had won 39.52 per cent of last September's vote, while Ghani had taken 50.64 per cent.
According to Afghanistan's independent election commission Ghani garnered 923,592 votes whereas Abdullah received 720,841 votes.
Thousands of his supporters rallied against what they said were fake ballots and the controversial recount had seemed set to favour Ghani.
The explosions, in the capital Kabul and central province of Parwan, killed at least 45 people and injured dozens, according to police and health officials.
Militants have struck again in Afghanistan killing or wounding several innocent people and such cowardly, cruel acts should end. The country has witnessed too much bloodshed and the worst affected
The move is likely an attempt to undercut a US proposal — supported by Russia — for the formation of an interim government involving the Taliban to rule the country once the last US troops withdraw.
According to a pool report from a journalist accompanying Pompeo, the top US diplomat was welcomed by special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad — the lead US negotiator in recent talks with the Taliban — after arriving at Kabul airport.
Media said the event was held spontaneously after the first day of the 9th Spanish Language Congress in Cadiz, where flamenco music is one of the most popular.
The man bought a car whose odometer showed that it had travelled 112,000 kilometres but later discovered that the car’s odometer had been tampered with and that the car had travelled 517,000 kilometres.
Humza Yousaf said on Twitter, “My family and I spending our first night in Bute House after today's parliamentary vote. A special moment leading my family in prayer in Bute House as is customary after breaking fast together.”
Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed emphasised that empowering a skilled and qualified national workforce is a top priority, and should be supported by all institutions, government departments, and private sector partners working together.