MPs push candidates to break deadlock

KABUL (Pajhwok): Members of the lower house on Monday urged both presidential candidates Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah to bring the electoral crisis to an end, as it had caused the nation various problems.
Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi, the Wolesi Jirga speaker, said the countrymen feared the persistent stalemate would lead to a greater debacle. “As a representative of the parliament and people of Afghanistan, I call upon both runners to find a logical way for the peaceful transfer of power.”
Ibrahimi acknowledged that rigging had been committed in the elections and it would be impossible to stop fraud in the future as long as computerised identity cards were not issued to citizens.   
Members echoed similar views. Ghulam Farooq Majrooh, a parliamentarian from western Herat province, said the candidates had promised voters a prosperous and secure future but their difference threatened the economy and security of the country.
Muhammad Akbar Stanikzai, a lawmaker from central Logar province, claimed corruption and lawlessness had been on the rise at provincial level owing to uncertainty in Kabul.  
Shakeeba Hashimi, another legislator from southern Kandahar province, urged the parliament to break its silence and strive to resolve the deadlock as soon as possible.

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