Follow Christiane on social media:

On Twitter + Facebook + Instagram Amanpour producers on Twitter

What time is Amanpour on CNN?

Check showtimes to see when Amanpour is on CNN where you are. Or watch online.

Check showtimes to see when Amanpour is on CNN where you are. Or watch online.

Abdullah: Half of Afghan ballots are ‘suspicious’

July 8th, 2014
02:48 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah alleged massive fraud in his country’s election in an interview with CNN’s Michael Holmes, in for Christiane Amanpour, on Tuesday.

“Half of the ballot papers used are considered to be suspicious based on standard critereas [sic], universal critereas of free and fair elections,” Abdullah, the country’s former foreign minister, said from Kabul.

Preliminary results from last month’s election were announced yesterday, and showed Abdullah’s opponent, former World Bank official Ashraf Ghani, with the lead.

Ghani on Tuesday said the preliminary results were “legitimate and credible.”

“There is an impasse, and we will not be satisfied without clean votes being announced,” Abdullah said. “The turnout is shown to be eight million – over eight million people, eight million votes. That is very, very inflated numbers to say the least.”

Afghan faith in the electoral process, he told Holmes, “is not there.”

“The people of Afghanistan will not trust them anymore because of the involvement of their chief executive in systematic fraud in favor of one candidate. That is the reason for lack of faith or trust.”

The country’s current leader, President Hamid Karzai, must share in some of the blame, Abdullah said.

“He didn't remain neutral as he had promised the people of Afghanistan.”

“He put pressure on the commissions and also used his authority in favor of one party.”

Filed under:  Afghanistan • Latest Episode
soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. Kerri

    Sᴡeet blog! I found it while sսrfing around on Yahoo News.

    Do you have any tips on how to get liѕted in Yaho᧐ News?
    I've Ƅeen trying for a while but I never seem to get tһere!

    Take a look аt my website ... moth

    December 15, 2020 at 3:50 pm | Reply
  2. Jocelyn

    I do accept as true with all the ideas you have presented on your post.

    They're very convincing and will certainly work. Nonetheless, the posts are very short for newbies.
    May you please prolong them a bit from next time? Thanks for
    the post.

    Here is my page: vps hosting

    December 19, 2020 at 7:06 pm | Reply

Post a comment


CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.