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Afghanistan Long Term Trends: Sustained Support Essential for Survival of Democracy

While preliminary results of the Presidential Elections have been declared and welcomed by all, serious concerns over low participation (4.55 %), inefficient conduct and widespread allegations of fraud denote development of stable democracy in Afghanistan is a work in progress.

Given possible mainstreaming of the Taliban and their rejection of democracy as a system of governance preferring the Emirate system, there are severe concerns of survival of democracy in the country in the long term.

After much delay outcome of the Afghan Presidential elections which were held on 28 September was declared on 20 December.

Incumbent President Ashraf Ghani has won 50.64 % votes just making the cut for evading second round of voting

Over 50 per cent votes are necessary in the first round to be declared as the winner, otherwise, there is a run-off between the first two candidates winning the largest number ..............................

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