Modi congratulates Afghan people on holding presidential elections
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated Ashraf
Ghani on winning the preliminary results of the 2019 presidential elections in a
telephonic talks today, December 24, President Ghani said on his personal Twitter
According to Ghani, Modi has also congratulated the Afghan
people on holding the successful presidential elections. “India as a friend,
neighbor and the world’s largest democracy is fully supporting Afghanistan’s
democratic rule,” he quoted Modia as saying.
Moreover, Modi has extended supports for the Afghan-owned,
Afghan-led and controlled peace process, adding that India is also with
Afghanistan in the fight against terrorism.
As Ghani stated, he has been offered a formal invitation to
pay a visit to India. “We will discuss a range of regional and international
issues during this visit. I thank the Prime Minister for the invitation and
will travel to India at an appropriate time,” the Afghan president further
detailed of the telephonic talks.
Although Afghanistan Independent Election Commission (IEC)
has yet to announce the final results for the disputed presidential elections,
Modi is the first regional leader who congratulates Ghani on winning the Afghan
Nearly three months after the elections was held on September
28, the IEC could announce the preliminary results on Sunday, December 22.
According to the preliminary results, Ghani is leading with
50.64 percent of the total votes (1,824,401 votes) while the incumbent chief
executive, Abdullah Abdullah, has won 39.5 percent of the votes.
Except Ghani and Faramarz Tamanna, all other presidential candidates, including Abdullah, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, and Rahmatullah Nabil, have rejected the preliminary results as unacceptable.
The protesting candidates have one more day to register their
election related complaints with the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission
(IECC)—the electoral body which makes the final decision after adjudicating the
Abdullah’s ticket have so far registered more than 4,000
complaints with the IECC.