Protesters are gathered in Afghanistan capital, Kabul, in order to support against the accusations of candidate Abdullah Abdullah’s accusation made that rival Ashraf Ghani is involved in vote fraud, together with the call for organizers to stop the vote count.
Hundreds of people gathered in Kabul, disrupting traffic while police with riot shields and batons were deployed in order to counter any potential violence.
According to Abdullah, he does not trust electoral bodies and claims interference by Hamid Karzai caused mass fraud. His wish is that the electoral bodies stop counting the votes and that the United Nations intervene.
In Afghanistan we still see a Taliban insurgency after 13 years and we see most foreign troops leaving the country by the end of the year.
Hamid Karzai went against diplomats that want electoral bodies to be properly respected and issued an official statement in which he supports the call made by Abdullah that the UN should intervene.
The UN responded that it is ready to support a process that is Afghan-led but needs to hear proposals.
At the moment there are fears that ethnic protests could turn violent as most of the supporters of Abdullah are Tajks and Ghani’s supporters are Pashtun. These are the second and the third largest ethnic groups in the country.
The fears are further supported as a suicide bomber in Kabul killed himself and another person while trying to assassinate a High Peace Council advisor. Several people were wounded but the advisor was not harmed.