Scores of protesters have taken to the streets in the Afghan capital Kabul to call for the immediate release of the results of the disputed presidential runoff vote, Press TV reports. On Thursday, more than a hundred civil society activists chanted slogans and expressed their outrage over what they described as the violation of the Afghan constitution. The demonstrators also emphasized that the delay in announcing the results of the June vote is against the interests of Afghanistan. “Some elements do not think about our country and people, but rather think only about their own interests. It is nothing but a pre-planned political game against the nation,” said Mohammad Jawadi, a civil society activist.
“We want international community to take action to cordially end the election standoff. The delay in results of election has caused joblessness, chaos and insecurity,” said Maryam Ibrahimkhel, another protester.
Speaking at a Tuesday ceremony marking Afghanistan’s 95th anniversary of independence from Britain, Afghan President Hamid Karzai expressed hope that the two men vying to succeed him — former foreign minister, Abdullah Abdullah, and former finance minister, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai — would reach an agreement and save the country from further violence and economic decline.