New Afghan president to take oath by August end, says Ghani

  • 24 July 2019
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Afghan presidential contender, Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, has said that the new Afghan President will take oath of the office by the end of this month.

Dr. Ghani has said that the audit and recount of the ballot from the runoff presidential election will be completed by August end, which will pave the way for the swearing-in ceremony of the elected president.

He pointed towards his recent meeting with the UN special envoy for Afghanistan during an interview with the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

According to Ghani, the exact date when the new president of Afghanistan starts work, has not been specified. However, he said the audit and recount of ballots will be completed and the results will become apparent within the next one week.

The remarks by Dr. Ghani comes as president Hamid Karzai urged the two presidential candidates to conclude the electoral process and insisted that Afghanistan should have new government and president in the next two weeks.

The US ambassador to Afghanistan James Cunningham also called on the two presidential contenders to fulfil their commitments and end the lengthy election process.

Cunningham insisted that it is vital that the next president of Afghanistan should be elected by end of this month so that he attends the important international summits, including the NATO summit in Wales.

The NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, has also warned that the alliance will be forced to take a decision regarding the total NATO forces pullout from Afghanistan unless a deadlock over the Afghan election ends and the new Afghan president signs the security agreements.

Rasmussen said the NATO summit slated for September 4-5 in Wales would be very close to a deadline for taking that decision.