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Clashing Presidential Inaugurations Underway

2:37pm: US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, US Chargé d’Affaires Ross Wilson, and US and NATO forces commander Gen. Scott Miller have arrived at the Presidential Palace for the swearing-in ceremony.

2:10pm: A number of Afghan politicians including former President Hamid Karzai, Abd Rab Rassoul Sayyaf, Younus Qanuni and Speaker of the House of Representative Mir Rahman Rahmani are not attending any of the events today.

2:08pm: Ambassadors from the EU, Canada, Australia, Denmark, Germany, Norway have been seen arriving at the Presidential Palace to attend the “swearing-in” ceremony.

1:50am: TOLOnews reporters say guests are arriving both at the Presidential Palace and the Sapedar Palace for the "swearing-in" ceremonies.

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12:52pm: A resident of Helmand province speaking to TOLOnews says he is ashamed at how the leaders are acting in this situation-- insisting on their demands--and he called on the leaders to stop their feuding over power and to instead focus on the peace talks, because the nation is tired of war.

12:36pm: A resident of Mazar -e- Sharif, speaking to a TOLOnews reporter in Balkh, said that all the people are "thirsty of peace" and if the two leaders do not reach an agreement, how will peace be maintained in the country?

12:21pm: IEC commissioner Aurangzeb, speaking with TOLOnews, said he hopes that differences will be solved between the government leaders, adding that the IEC did all its work based on the law, and they implemented all IECC decisions, and they are not responsible for any crisis.

12:04pm: Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah tweeted: “No one should underestimate our commitment to genuine democracy and our resolve to uphold the rule of law.”

“Our track record of self-denial and compromise should not have given cause to anyone to take us for granted. Invalidation of all fraudulent votes is the way out!” Abdullah said.

11: 52am: PTM members Ali Wazir and Mohsin Dawar arrived in Kabul to attend the presidential swearing-in ceremony.

11:27am: Fazal Ahmad Manawi, a member of Abdullah Abdullah's electoral team, said that the swearing-in ceremony will be held in the afternoon.

Manawi said the oath-taking ceremony will be held after lunch. He called on Abdullah’s supporters to "keep calm," and said this time they will not let "fraudulent votes" be honored. 

Manawi said that if the ARG holds an oath ceremony, Abdullah's team will hold one first.

11:18am: Happening Now- Abdullah Abdullah is seen at Sapedar Palace. Khalid Nikzad from TOLOnews reports.

11:00am: PTM members Ali Wazir and Mohsin Dawar and the Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan, Shukrullah Atif Mashal, are on their way to attend the presidential swearing-in ceremony in Kabul.

10:42am: HAPPENING NOW: Mohammad Hakim Torsan, a presidential candidate, speaks to TOLOnews.

“Is Abdullah the winner? Or Ghani? If there is a winner, why are they negotiating to share the power?” Torsan asked, saying: “The reasons for the current crisis are Ghani and Abdullah’s teams.”

“We suggested that an inclusive government should take form, and all must come together and the election results should invalidated,” Torsan said. “Why must we wait for a foreign minister of another country to come solve our problem?"

“If the IECC and IEC did their jobs properly, why are some votes still not invalidated after thousands of complaints?” said Torsan.

“I am telling you once again that I am president of the people’s heart,” Torsan said, adding: "We must love our country and must solve our tensions on our own.”

10:30am: HAPPENING NOW: Hawa Alam Nooristani, chairwoman of IEC, and Zuhra Bayan Shinwari, head of IECC, both guests at the presidential swearing-in ceremony at the Presidential Palace, speak to TOLOnews.

“We have done our work transparently,” said Hawa Alam Nooristani, adding: “What is going on now belongs to politicians.”

10:25am: Abdul Basir Salangi, former governor of Parwan, was invited to the Sapedar Palace for the presidential swearing-in ceremony and said: “If the Presidential Palace holds a ceremony, so will we.”

10:14am: The Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) members Ali Wazir and Mohsin Dawar have arrived in Nangarhar on their way to attend the presidential swearing-in ceremony in Kabul, says TOLOnews' Abdulhaq Omeri.

9:44am: HAPPENING NOW: TOLOnews reporter Khalid Nikzad, at Sapedar Palace, said that CE Abdullah Abdullah's swearing-in ceremony has also been postponed for several hours.

9:33am: HAPPENING NOW: TOLOnews' Anisa Shaheed reports live from the Presidential Palace and will give updates on today's planned ceremony, which has been postponed until the afternoon. 

Government officials, governors, MPs and politicians have arrived at the Presidential Palace for the presidential swearing- in ceremony, TOLOnews reporter Anisa Shaheed said.

8:20am: BREAKING NEWS: The presidential swearing-in ceremony has been postponed until this afternoon, a source confirmed.

Both the Presidential Palace and Sapedar Palace have prepared to hold ceremonies. 

The presidential swearing-in ceremony has been postponed until this Monday afternoon, Presidential Palace spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said.

Ghani was announced the winner by the Independent Election Commission (IEC) on February 19.

Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, contesting the IEC's decision, plans to hold a swearing-ceremony for himself as well.

Hours after the announcement of the final results in February, Abdullah announced the formation of an “inclusive government” by his Stability and Convergence campaign team, declaring his “victory” in the polls.

Abdullah said decisions on disputed votes were “illegal,” adding that the IEC's results were a coup against democracy and that he does not accept them.

On Sunday, Abdullah’s office confirmed that US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad on Monday held three meetings with the chief executive to “find a solution” for the matter but apparently did not succeed. Despite that, Abdullah’s deputy spokesman, Fraidoon Khwazoon, said hopes still remain.

Khwazoon said efforts are underway by Afghan and foreign politicians to end the crisis.

Late Sunday night sources told TOLOnews that President Ghani and CE Abdullah had met, but sources said no agreement had been reached on the election standoff.

Afghan politicians remain concerned about the future of an attempt to hold two oath-taking ceremonies in a single day, believing it will lead the country into a new crisis.

In September 2014, Ghani shared the power with Abdullah Abdullah who becomes chief executive and formed together the national unity government.

Clashing Presidential Inaugurations Underway

Both the Presidential Palace and Sapedar Palace have prepared to hold ceremonies.

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2:37pm: US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, US Chargé d’Affaires Ross Wilson, and US and NATO forces commander Gen. Scott Miller have arrived at the Presidential Palace for the swearing-in ceremony.

2:10pm: A number of Afghan politicians including former President Hamid Karzai, Abd Rab Rassoul Sayyaf, Younus Qanuni and Speaker of the House of Representative Mir Rahman Rahmani are not attending any of the events today.

2:08pm: Ambassadors from the EU, Canada, Australia, Denmark, Germany, Norway have been seen arriving at the Presidential Palace to attend the “swearing-in” ceremony.

1:50am: TOLOnews reporters say guests are arriving both at the Presidential Palace and the Sapedar Palace for the "swearing-in" ceremonies.

TOLOnews

12:52pm: A resident of Helmand province speaking to TOLOnews says he is ashamed at how the leaders are acting in this situation-- insisting on their demands--and he called on the leaders to stop their feuding over power and to instead focus on the peace talks, because the nation is tired of war.

12:36pm: A resident of Mazar -e- Sharif, speaking to a TOLOnews reporter in Balkh, said that all the people are "thirsty of peace" and if the two leaders do not reach an agreement, how will peace be maintained in the country?

12:21pm: IEC commissioner Aurangzeb, speaking with TOLOnews, said he hopes that differences will be solved between the government leaders, adding that the IEC did all its work based on the law, and they implemented all IECC decisions, and they are not responsible for any crisis.

12:04pm: Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah tweeted: “No one should underestimate our commitment to genuine democracy and our resolve to uphold the rule of law.”

“Our track record of self-denial and compromise should not have given cause to anyone to take us for granted. Invalidation of all fraudulent votes is the way out!” Abdullah said.

11: 52am: PTM members Ali Wazir and Mohsin Dawar arrived in Kabul to attend the presidential swearing-in ceremony.

11:27am: Fazal Ahmad Manawi, a member of Abdullah Abdullah's electoral team, said that the swearing-in ceremony will be held in the afternoon.

Manawi said the oath-taking ceremony will be held after lunch. He called on Abdullah’s supporters to "keep calm," and said this time they will not let "fraudulent votes" be honored. 

Manawi said that if the ARG holds an oath ceremony, Abdullah's team will hold one first.

11:18am: Happening Now- Abdullah Abdullah is seen at Sapedar Palace. Khalid Nikzad from TOLOnews reports.

11:00am: PTM members Ali Wazir and Mohsin Dawar and the Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan, Shukrullah Atif Mashal, are on their way to attend the presidential swearing-in ceremony in Kabul.

10:42am: HAPPENING NOW: Mohammad Hakim Torsan, a presidential candidate, speaks to TOLOnews.

“Is Abdullah the winner? Or Ghani? If there is a winner, why are they negotiating to share the power?” Torsan asked, saying: “The reasons for the current crisis are Ghani and Abdullah’s teams.”

“We suggested that an inclusive government should take form, and all must come together and the election results should invalidated,” Torsan said. “Why must we wait for a foreign minister of another country to come solve our problem?"

“If the IECC and IEC did their jobs properly, why are some votes still not invalidated after thousands of complaints?” said Torsan.

“I am telling you once again that I am president of the people’s heart,” Torsan said, adding: "We must love our country and must solve our tensions on our own.”

10:30am: HAPPENING NOW: Hawa Alam Nooristani, chairwoman of IEC, and Zuhra Bayan Shinwari, head of IECC, both guests at the presidential swearing-in ceremony at the Presidential Palace, speak to TOLOnews.

“We have done our work transparently,” said Hawa Alam Nooristani, adding: “What is going on now belongs to politicians.”

10:25am: Abdul Basir Salangi, former governor of Parwan, was invited to the Sapedar Palace for the presidential swearing-in ceremony and said: “If the Presidential Palace holds a ceremony, so will we.”

10:14am: The Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) members Ali Wazir and Mohsin Dawar have arrived in Nangarhar on their way to attend the presidential swearing-in ceremony in Kabul, says TOLOnews' Abdulhaq Omeri.

9:44am: HAPPENING NOW: TOLOnews reporter Khalid Nikzad, at Sapedar Palace, said that CE Abdullah Abdullah's swearing-in ceremony has also been postponed for several hours.

9:33am: HAPPENING NOW: TOLOnews' Anisa Shaheed reports live from the Presidential Palace and will give updates on today's planned ceremony, which has been postponed until the afternoon. 

Government officials, governors, MPs and politicians have arrived at the Presidential Palace for the presidential swearing- in ceremony, TOLOnews reporter Anisa Shaheed said.

8:20am: BREAKING NEWS: The presidential swearing-in ceremony has been postponed until this afternoon, a source confirmed.

Both the Presidential Palace and Sapedar Palace have prepared to hold ceremonies. 

The presidential swearing-in ceremony has been postponed until this Monday afternoon, Presidential Palace spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said.

Ghani was announced the winner by the Independent Election Commission (IEC) on February 19.

Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, contesting the IEC's decision, plans to hold a swearing-ceremony for himself as well.

Hours after the announcement of the final results in February, Abdullah announced the formation of an “inclusive government” by his Stability and Convergence campaign team, declaring his “victory” in the polls.

Abdullah said decisions on disputed votes were “illegal,” adding that the IEC's results were a coup against democracy and that he does not accept them.

On Sunday, Abdullah’s office confirmed that US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad on Monday held three meetings with the chief executive to “find a solution” for the matter but apparently did not succeed. Despite that, Abdullah’s deputy spokesman, Fraidoon Khwazoon, said hopes still remain.

Khwazoon said efforts are underway by Afghan and foreign politicians to end the crisis.

Late Sunday night sources told TOLOnews that President Ghani and CE Abdullah had met, but sources said no agreement had been reached on the election standoff.

Afghan politicians remain concerned about the future of an attempt to hold two oath-taking ceremonies in a single day, believing it will lead the country into a new crisis.

In September 2014, Ghani shared the power with Abdullah Abdullah who becomes chief executive and formed together the national unity government.

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