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Afghan vote 'significant step' for democracy: White House

Published on Jun 15, 2014 6:31 AM
 
An Afghan resident wanting to vote poses for a photograph with his identity card as he waits for voting to start at a polling centre in Kabul on June 14, 2014. The White House welcomed Afghanistan’s presidential run-off election on Saturday as a “significant step” for the country’s democracy, but emphasised the need for electoral commissions to legitimise the vote. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The White House welcomed Afghanistan’s presidential run-off election on Saturday as a “significant step” for the country’s democracy, but emphasised the need for electoral commissions to legitimise the vote.

“The work of the electoral commissions in the weeks ahead will be particularly important,” the White House said in a statement, commending “the voters, electoral bodies and security forces for their commitment to the democratic process.”

On Saturday, millions of Afghans cast their votes despite Taleban threats to decide whether former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah or ex-World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani will lead the country into a new era of declining international military and civilian assistance.

“These elections are a significant step forward on Afghanistan’s democratic path, and the courage and resolve of the Afghan people to make their voices heard is a testament to the importance of these elections to securing Afghanistan’s future,” the White House said.

 
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