Afghanistan’s independent election commission declared Ashraf Ghani the winner of the 2019 presidential poll on Tuesday, almost five months after voting took place, securing his second term as president.
Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Chief Executive, was the runner-up, the Independent Election Commission added.
Ghani’s opponents say the vote on Sept. 28 was marred by massive fraud, technical problems with biometric devices used for voting, attacks and irregularities.
The results come days after U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced a coming cease-fire agreement between the United States and the Taliban that could lead to the withdrawal of American troops from the country.
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