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Sep 21, 2014 9:25 AM

New Afghan president, but vote totals kept secret

The Associated Press

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) Afghanistan's election commission has named Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai as the winner of the country's presidential election, but the commission did not release final vote figures.

The commission's announcement Sunday came hours after Ghani Ahmadzai signed a power sharing agreement with opponent Abdullah Abdullah, who will fill the newly created position of government chief executive.

A Ghani Ahmadzai supporter Halim Fidai, a former governor said Sunday that U.N. representative Jan Kubish told the commission not to release detailed vote tallies.

The decision underscores the fear of potential violence despite Sunday's deal. A senior U.S. official said the vote result is transparent but may be released slowly over fears of violence. The official insisted on anonymity because he was not authorized to be identified publicly.


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