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Karzai calls on Taliban to live in peace and dignity

Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai   | Photo Credit: Massoud Hossaini

Afghanistan’s outgoing leader Hamid Karzai said on Monday that his nation needs a new President and urged for a speedy conclusion to the ballot audit that will determine his successor.

Mr. Karzai said that Afghans “want to have an outcome to the election as soon as possible, so that this country can have its President soon.”

After fraud was alleged by both presidential contenders, all 8 million ballots cast in the second round of the Afghan presidential vote in June are being audited under national and international supervision.

The process is key to insuring a peaceful transfer of power ahead of the withdrawal of most foreign troops by the end of the year.

Mr. Karzai also reiterated calls on the Taliban to join the country’s peace process and stop killing other Afghans.

“I call upon the leaders of the Taliban to stop fighting Afghans,” Mr. Karzai said. “I call on them to live in peace and dignity with their brothers and sisters.”

The two candidates - former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah and former Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai are awaiting the results of the audit.

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