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NILI (Pajhwok): Speaking to thousands of his supporters in central Daikundi province, presidential runner Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on Wednesday pledged that he would launch multidimensional development projects and encourage female education if he won the June 14 presidential race.
Speaking to a mammoth gathering in Nili, the provincial capital of Daikundi, Ahmadzai said he would introduce Jafari jurisprudence in country’s Sharia universities if he won the ballot.

KABUL (Pajhwok): Amid predicted fears of an upsurge in Taliban violence and voting along ethnic lines, the Afghans will decide which of two presidential candidates will be their next president on June 14.
In the first round on April 5, Abdullah won 45 percent of the vote, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai 32 percent, and the other candidates were a long way behind. Because no one got 50 per cent of the vote, a run-off was called.
Abdullah and Ghani have held out countless promises to the masses, who seem tired of the long-drawn out electoral process.

 
FIROZKOH (Pajhwok): Presidential runner Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Tuesday pledged to construct Kabul-Herat highway if won the runoff vote. The highway would help bolster tourism in the country.
Addressing a gathering in Lalwa Sar Jangal district of western Ghor province, Abdullah said the construction of the highway was not only the demand of the people of central zone but he would bolster economy of the country.

 
KABUL (Pajhwok): A 21-day election campaign for Saturday’s presidential runoff election ends at midnight, 48 hours before voting day, an official said on Wednesday.
The election law says electioneering must end 48 hours before Election Day. The second round of presidential election pits Abdullah Abdullah against Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai.
During the canvassing period that will come to an end at 12am last night, the two contenders traveled to various provinces to convince people into voting for them in the decisive round.

 
KABUL (Pajhwok): Hidayat Amin Arsala, a former advisor to President Hamid Karzai and Mullah Tarakhel, a parliamentarian, on Monday joined forces with presidential runner Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai while Ahmad Wali, founder of Massoud Foundation, swung behind his rival Dr. Abdullah in the runoff election.
Arsala had contested the previous round of presidential election held on April 5 but trailed behind all the eight candidates.

KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai’s older brother Qayyum Karzai announced his support to presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on Sunday, when members of the Shiite community also joined the Change and Continuity team.
Qayyum Karzai had dropped out of the April 5 presidential election in favour of Zalmai Rassoul, another flopped contender, who finished third behind Ghani.

 
CHARIKAR, KUNDUZ, MEHTARLAM (Pajhwok): Frontrunner Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Saturday pledged he would construct two big hydropower dams in central Kapisa and Panjsher provinces if he won the June 14 runoff ballot.
Abdullah held out the promise during a speech to hundreds of his supporters in Kapisa province in the morning.
Lawmakers, religious scholars, provincial council members and his team members attended the gathering, where the former foreign minister expressed optimism he would win the ballot.

 
KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): Frontrunner Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on Friday urged Taliban’s supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar and Hizb-i-Islami Afghanistan leader Gulbadin Hekmatyar to return to their homeland and choose to live in peace as part of a broader national consensus.
“Peace comes with national consensus and on the basis of that consensus I urge all the disgruntled leaders, especially Mullah Omar and Gulbadin Hekmatyar to return to their country and live in peace with their brothers,” Ghani told a campaign gathering in Kandahar City.

 
KABUL (Pajhwok): In a latest development, the Wadan Afghanistan Party (WAP) on Friday announced support to presidential contender Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai in the runoff ballot scheduled to take place on June 14.
Hundreds of party’s workers attended the gathering here in Kabul held in support of Ahmadzai. Muhammad Yar, a leading member of the party, told the gathering they had decided to back the former finance minister because he had the qualities to lead the country to development and prosperity.

 
KABUL (Pajhwok): Leading presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah on Friday said the promotion of sports would be one of his top priorities because sportsmen could play a key role in doing away with poverty and starvation.
Addressing thousands of sportsmen at the Badam Bagh area in Kabul, Abdullah said he was thankful to sportsmen for supporting him in the previous round of presidential elections.

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