Sherzai joins forces with Abdullah

 
KABUL (Pajhwok): Presidential runner Mohammad Shafiq Gul Agha Sherzai on Saturday formally announced his support for frontrunner hopeful Dr. Abdullah Abdullah in the possible run-off vote.
Speaking at a joint news conference with Abdullah in Kabul, Sherzai said his decision to join Abdullah’s team was essentially linked with ensuring peace, security and good governance in the country.
He added: “Our alliance is not aimed at power sharing; we have not struck a secret deal. I have joined forces with Abdullah to bring peace, stability, good governance, rule of law and merit…”       
Sherzai also called on the Afghans to forge unity in their ranks, saying: “Those talking of Pashtuns or Tajiks are traitors.”
Speaking on the occasion, Abdullah hailed the move, saying efforts to prevent the understanding had failed. He called Sherzai’s decision a stride toward forging national unity.  “We hope to see more such deals.”
Based on preliminary results, Dr. Abdullah stood first with 44.9 percent or 2,973,706 votes followed by Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai with 31.5 percent or 2,082,417 ballots.
Zalmai Rassoul stood third with 11.5 percent (759,540) ballots, while ex-Jihadi leader, Abdul Rab Rassoul Sayyaf bagged 7.1 percent or (468,340) ballots and Qutbuddin Hilal 2.7 percent or (180859) ballots.
The former Nangarhar governor, Sherzai, secured 1.6 percent or (106,673) ballots, Daud Sultanzoyi 0.5 percent or (30,737) votes and Hidayat Amin Arsala 0.2 percent or (15,394) votes.
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