Political rivals in Afghanistan agree on audit and unity government

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Ján Kubiš, Special Representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, at a press conference with presidential candidates Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani. US Secretary of State John Kerry looks on. Photo: Fardin Waezi/UNAMA

The electoral impasse in Afghanistan has been broken after the two candidates vying for the presidency reached an agreement, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has announced.

Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani agreed to participate and abide by the results of a comprehensive audit of Afghanistan's Presidential election run-off results.

The agreement also includes the formation of a government of national unity after the  final results of the Presidential election are declared.

Farhan Haq is the UN Spokesperson.

"At a press conference yesterday, the Secretary-General's Special Representative, Ján Kubiš, hailed efforts by one of the country's electoral management bodies, the Independent Election Commission, to start the implementation of the audit plan. Mr.  Kubiš called the agreement on the audit by the two candidates a sign of statesmanship, wisdom and responsible understanding."

Both candidates had requested a full investigation of serious and credible allegations of fraud.

The US Secretary of State, John Kerry, helped broker the agreement.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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