Monday, Nov 2nd, 2009
Election organisers on Monday declared Hamid Karzai Afghan president for a second term, cancelling a one-man presidential run-off following a diplomatic push led by UN chief Ban Ki-moon.
“We declare that Mr Hamid Karzai, who won the majority of votes in the first round, and is the only candidate in the second round, is the elected president of Afghanistan,” Indepedent Election Commission chairman Azizullah Ludin said.
Ludin said the decision had been made in line with the provisions of the Afghan electoral law and constitution and “consistent with the high interest of the Afghan people”.
The move came one day after the only challenger pulled out and after Ban met Karzai amid a diplomatic push to ensure the one-horse election did not take place and to bring a quick end to more than two months of chaos.