Kerry in Kabul on key mission

Kerry in Kabul on key mission

Kerry in Kabul on key mission

(Kabul) – US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Afghanistan on a key mission to try to quell tensions over disputed presidential polls, which have triggered fears of violence and ethnic unrest. Kerry, who landed on a pre-dawn, unannounced visit, had earlier said Afghanistan faces a “critical moment” as Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani wrangle to take up the reins while international forces withdraw following more than a decade of war.
Preliminary results from a second round run-off have put Ghani in the lead, but Abdullah, who has already once lost a presidential bid, has declared himself the true winner, saying massive fraud robbed him of victory. The election stand-off has sparked concern that protests could spiral into ethnic violence and even lead to a return of the fighting between warlords that ravaged Afghanistan during the 1992-1996 civil war.
Without backing either candidate, Kerry was to meet on Friday with outgoing President Hamid Karzai as well as both presidential hopefuls, UN officials and possibly members of the independent election commission.
He will be pressing both candidates to accept a thorough audit of results in some key areas which have raised concerns.

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