Ballot counting continues after Afghans braved threats of violence to go to the polls in record numbers.Presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani said the poll showed one thing.
"We have proven that we are people of the ballot, not of the bullets.The Afghan public appreciates democracy, believes in it and is willing to make it work,”
Sporadic complaints of voting irregularities do not appear to have shaken Afghans’ faithin the democratic exercise, said presidential contender Abdullah Abdullah.
"We have registered our complaints, we have processed those complaintsand referred it to the relevant commission, which is the Independent Election Complaints Commission,and hopefully those complaints will be dealt with duly,"
At more than 12 years, the Afghan war is America’s longest.President Obama pledged to bring it to an end while preserving hard-fought gains in the country.The administration views a successful transfer of power overseenby increasingly capable Afghan security forces as validation of their surge-and-withdraw strategy.White House spokesman Josh Earnest spoke of the importance of continued support for Afghanistan.
“This is a little bit different than most elections that are conducted in the U.S.in which we find out the results that night or the next day.But at the same time, we are hopeful that the elections will be peaceful and inclusiveand broadly acceptable to the Afghan people.A stable and acceptable political transition is critical to sustaining international support for Afghanistan,”
Unlike outgoing President Hamid Karzai, all Afghan presidential contenders have saidthey would sign a bilateral security agreement with the United Statesto keep several thousand military personnel in the country, primarily in a train-and-advise capacity.Democratic Senator Tim Kaine backs the drawdown of U.S. forces, but says progress must not be squandered.
不像总统Hamid Karzai的结果一样，所有的阿富汗总统候选人都表示 他们将会同美国签订一个双边安全协定来确保国家的众多军事人员，尤其是他们训练和提供帮助的能力。民主党参议院Tim Kaine支持美国撤回军队，但是表示这个过程不能够太过浪费。
"There have been nearly 2,300 [U.S.] servicemembers who have given their lives in Afghanistan.And the United States has spent $600 billion in Afghanistan.While we cannot gloss over the challenges that remain in Afghanistan today and tomorrow,we should remember the progress that has been achieved in 13 years since the Taliban fell in October of 2001,"
For now, from the White House to Capitol Hill, an almost audible sigh of relief can be heard thatAfghanistan’s elections went forward with minimal violence,and that the country appears on track to have a president-elect declared by next month.