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An Afghan demonstrator shouts slogans in support of Abdullah Abdullah this week. (Getty Images)

Protests Planned Over Afghan Election 'Fraud'

Friday, 20 Jun 2014 05:11 PM

Supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah vowed to hold street protests in Kabul on Saturday as fears grow of unrest erupting over alleged fraud in the election one week ago.

Abdullah has boycotted the vote count, pitching Afghanistan into a political crisis as NATO combat troops withdraw from a 13-year war against Taliban insurgents.

The former foreign minister accused his poll rival Ashraf Ghani, outgoing President Hamid Karzai and election authorities of all committing fraud to deny him victory.

Reports of the ongoing vote count suggest that Ghani is well ahead in a surprise comeback after finishing behind Abdullah in the first-round election on April 5.

Activists from Abdullah's campaign said protesters planned to rally in the capital and other major cities on Saturday, though the scale of the protests is uncertain.

In a move that could lessen tension ahead of the planned protests, President Karzai on Friday backed Abdullah's calls for the United Nations to mediate an end to the deadlock.

"The disputes and doubts arising during the election process are a natural thing," Karzai added. "It is fine and calm in the country."

Abdullah has alleged that the run-off election turnout of seven million was exaggerated and that in several provinces there were more votes than eligible voters.

A smooth election was seen as a key benchmark for the U.S.-led coalition that has fought against the Taliban and donated billions of dollars in aid since 2001, when U.S. forces ov

The election turmoil also risks spilling into ethnic unrest, a grim prospect for Afghanistan where tribal loyalties are still fierce after the 1992-1996 civil war.

Abdullah's support is based among the Tajik minority and other northern tribes, while Ghani is a Pashtun, Afghanistan's largest ethnic group, which is strongest in the Taliban heartlands of the south and east.

Abdullah has called for his supporters to remain peaceful.

"We expect our supporters to observe Afghan laws," he said on Thursday.

Abdullah took on Ashraf Ghani in the run-off vote after the two came first and second in an eight-man first-round election, when Abdullah was ahead with 45 percent against Ghani's 31.6 percent.

Abdullah feels massive fraud denied him victory in the 2009 election, and he often said on the campaign trail that only a repeat of ballot-rigging could deny him power this time.

© AFP 2017

   
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Supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah vowed to hold street protests in Kabul on Saturday as fears grow of unrest erupting over alleged fraud in the election one week ago.
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2014-11-20
Friday, 20 Jun 2014 05:11 PM
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