Afghanistan presidential election delayed until July 20

Afghanistan’s presidential election will be delayed until July 20 next year, three months later than the ballot had been scheduled to be held.

The announcement by the Independent Election Commission comes after weeks of speculation that the vote would be postponed to create space for US-led efforts to end the 17-year war with the Taliban.

The election commission chief said, provincial and district council elections, as well as a previously postponed parliamentary vote in Ghazni province, will be held on the same day.

The presidential ballot was originally scheduled for April 20

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