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Arg Postpones Oath Taking Ceremony

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Thursday, February 27, 2020
Kabul (BNA) A statement from the presidential press office said that President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, after extensive consultations with technical wards, political figures from across the country, tribal elders, senior members of the State-Building Electoral team and international partners, decided to postpone the inauguration ceremony, which was supposed to be held on Thursday.
“Rumors of a coronavirus outbreak, limited time for high-profile foreign guests, and the need for more technical preparations for the grand oath taking ceremony are the main reasons behind postponing of the ceremony,” the president was quoted in the statement.
Meanwhile, the US peace envoy for Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad in a tweet on Wednesday said that the Afghan leaders "should ensure that the new government is inclusive and reflects the aspirations of all Afghans.”
“As the electoral process has concluded, President Ghani, as the declared winner, and other leaders should ensure that the new government is inclusive and reflects the aspirations of all Afghans,” Khalilzad tweeted.
“This will allow time for necessary consultations so that the best interests of Afghanistan and its people are reflected and preserved by the new government,” he added.
Also, on Tuesday, the State Department issued a release reacting to the Afghan Independent Election Commission's announcement of the final election results of the Afghan poll and called for a focus on peace rather than an engagement with electoral politics.
The statement reads that the United States notes the announcement of the presidential elections in Afghanistan “in favor of President Ashraf Ghani” and that it expects the concerns about the election process to be “handled in accordance with constitutional and legal procedures.”

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