Ghani secures second term as president US-Taliban pact to cut violence will start in next five days

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An agreement between the Taliban and US forces to reduce violence will come into force within the next five days, Afghanistan’s acting interior minister said on Tuesday.
“The RIV (reduction in violence) period will begin in the next five days, which will be based on the negotiations between the US and the Taliban,” Masoud Andarabi, Afghanistan’s acting minister of interior, told a gathering of provincial police commanders in Kabul.
Meanwhile, Ashraf Ghani has secured a second term as president of Afghanistan, according to final results of the September 28, 2019 poll released on Tuesday by the country’s election commission.
“The election commission… declares Mr Ashraf Ghani, who has won 50.64 per cent of the votes, as the president of Afghanistan,” election commission chief Hawa Alam Nuristani told a press conference in Kabul. “May God help him in serving the people of Afghanistan… I also pray that peace comes to our country,” she added.The results had been delayed for nearly five months after allegations of vote-rigging from Ghani’s main rival, Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, forced a recount. — Agencies

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