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President Hamid Karzai Wins Afghanistan’s Historic Elections
Embassy of Afghanistan

11/03/2004

Washington, D.C. - President Hamid Karzai won Afghanistan’s first ever democratic election.
Visionary, skilful and national leader, President Karzai has been working successfully to achieve the aspirations of the Afghan people for security and national unity in partnership with the international community.

Despite security challenges, threats of violence by terrorists and freezing weather, more than 84% of the registered voters—both men and women—enthusiastically formed long queues at the polling stations to cast their ballots on October 9. Afghans voted for peace and democracy and effectively defeated terrorists and extremists.

Ambassador Said Tayeb Jawad applauded the historic victory of President Karzai, congratulated the Afghan people for their accomplishment, courage and determination and thanked the international community for their support for the success of Afghanistan’s first national elections.

Ambassador Jawad stated, “Every vote cast in Afghanistan was a vote for global security, regional prosperity and democracy in Afghanistan. We share this victory with, and are sincerely grateful to, all of our friends and partners at the international community, especially the United States of America.”

The Ambassador of Afghanistan added that “now that the President has received a strong mandate from the people and the new government enjoys robust support, the new administration is further burdened to meet the expectations of the people. Afghans demand more security, better governance, efficient national institutions and elimination of narcotics and corruption. President Karzai is fully committed to deliver to the Afghan people, and we can achieve these goals with the continued engagement and accelerated support of the international community.”

In addition, Ambassador Jawad noted, “The Afghan people have put their trust in the benefits of democracy and international partnership. It is time for our partners to strengthen their commitment to Afghanistan by supporting President Karzai to deliver and meet the fair expectations of the Afghan people.”

Contact:
M. Ashraf Haidari
(202) 483-6410, (Ex-811)
Haidari@embassyofafghanistan.org

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