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It’s official: Ahmadzai the winner

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Ashraf-Ghani-AhmadzaiFollowing a deal between the candidates on a government of national unity, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Sunday announced the final result of the disputed presidential election.


At a brief news conference in Kabul, IEC Chairman Ahmad Yousaf Nuristani declared former finance minister Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai as the winner. The announcement ends weeks of uncertainty about the future administration.
Surprisingly, Nuristani gave no vote figures, saying the results had been shared with the presidential hopefuls, who signed the agreement on power-sharing earlier in the day at the Presidential Palace.
Previously, both runners claimed winning the rigging-marred election. However, they arrived at the accord a national unity government -- thanks to intervention from the United Nations and the United States of America.