KABUL - Head of the European Union Delegation in Afghanistan and EU Special Representative, Ambassador Vygaudas Ušackas notes the decision taken by the Independent Election Commission (IEC) and expresses his hope that this will end the current political crisis. On the occasion, Ambassador Ušackas said "It is important to ensure that Afghanistan's institutions are sufficiently robust to ensure that in the future, protracted debates between the parties on the correctness of electoral results can be avoided. We therefore welcome that IEC has made a ruling on this issue, in line with its constitutional responsibilities, and trust that this will be respected".
For the future, the EU and its Member States reiterate their commitment to support electoral reform and hope that the legislative, judicial and executive powers of Afghanistan will work in unity towards peace, stability and the prosperity of its people. The building block of stability lies in developing healthy democratic institutions based on the rule of law and the clear respect for the separation of powers.
The EU looks forward towards working with the Afghan government and other stakeholders as the country moves towards a brighter and better future. (PR)