Stoltenberg Urges Afghan Politicians To Avoid Escalation After Presidential Election
Faizan Hashmi 1 month ago Wed 26th February 2020 | 03:40 AM
BRUSSELS (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 26th February, 2020) NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has called on Afghanistan's politicians to refrain from taking steps that could lead to an escalation of the political conflict in the country following the announcement of the presidential election's results.
Afghanistan held a presidential election on September 28. The vote was conducted under a tightened security regime as the Taliban had threatened to upset the electoral process. Last week, President Ashraf Ghani was pronounced the winner. However, his main rival Abdullah Abdullah did not recognize the final vote count. Because of the current political tensions, the inauguration ceremony was postponed until mid-March.
"Any concerns about the electoral process should be addressed according to constitutional and legal procedures," he said.