9 July 2014, 04:24

Violence would end US aid to Afghanistan - Obama

Violence would end US aid to Afghanistan - Obama

US President Barack Obama warned the two candidates in Afghanistan's disputed presidential election that violence or taking "extra-constitutional means" would result in him stopping US assistance to the war-torn country, the White House said Tuesday. In phone calls to Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, Obama "stressed that the United States expects a thorough review of all reasonable allegations of fraud to ensure a credible electoral process," the White House said in a statement.

"He reiterated that all parties should avoid steps that undermine Afghan national unity and should come together to work toward a resolution that represents the will of the Afghan people and produces a government that can bring Afghanistan together.

"He also noted that there is no justification for resorting to violent or extra-constitutional means, which would result in the end of US assistance to Afghanistan."

The calls, to Ghani on Tuesday and Abdullah on Monday night, came as the latter claimed victory, blaming fraud for putting him behind in preliminary results, as fears rise of instability and ethnic unrest in Afghanistan, AFP reports.

Presidential candidate Abdullah claims victory in Afghan election blaming fraud

Former Foreign Minister of Afghanistan and presidential candidate, Abdullah Abdullah claimed victory on Tuesday in Afghanistan's disputed election. He was blaming fraud for putting him behind his main election rival Ashraf Ghani in preliminary results.

"We will not accept a fraudulent result, not today, not tomorrow, never," Abdullah told thousands of supporters gathered in Afghan capital.

The presidential election controversy has raised fears of public unrest and a return to the conflict between warlords.

Nevetheless, Abdullah believes that his compatriots should remaine unified as Afghanistan faces a difficult transfer of power after President Hamid Karzai's 13-year presidency, as well as 50,000 American troops withdrawal.

"We don't want partition of Afghanistan, we want to preserve national unity and the dignity of Afghanistan," he said. "We don't want civil war, we don't want a crisis. We want stability, national unity, not division," AFP reports.

US to cut off aid to Afghanistan, if illegal power seizure takes place - John Kerry

The US may terminate the financial and security support to Afghanistan, if any of the presidential candidates will try to seize power in the country illegally, US Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement.

A former Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai won the elections according to preliminary data and collected 56.44 percent of the vote, the Independent Election Commission announced on July 7.

Nevertheless, his rival, former head of the Afghan Foreign Ministry, Abdullah Abdullah refused to recognize the results, pointing out to numerous violations during the elections, and warned that the country will create a "parallel government".

"Any action to take power by extra-legal means will cost Afghanistan the financial and security support of the United States and the international community, " Kerry said, according to TASS.

Ghani wins in Afghan presidential election - preliminary results

Afghanistan's election officials announced Monday that former World Bank economist and the country's ex Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani won last month's second round of a presidential election with 56.44 percent of the vote - that's according to preliminary results, Reuters reports.

His rival Abdullah Abdullah, the former Afghan Foreign Minister, came second with 43.56 percent of the vote.

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