Presidential Candidate Dr. Abdullah Addresses Thousands of Supporters in Ghazi Stadium
On Thursday, 27 February, in a massive gathering held at Ghazi Stadium in Kabul, 2014 Presidential Candidate Dr. Abdullah Abdullah addressed thousands of supporters. Tens of thousands of people from various provinces of Afghanistan attended the gathering and announced their support for the “Reform and Unanimity Team” in the upcoming Presidential elections.
In his opening remarks, Dr. Abdullah condemned last week’s terrorist attack by insurgents, killing 21 members of the Afghan national army in Ghaziabad district of Kunar province. He paid tribute to the memory of the victims, and conveyed condolences to their family members.
Dr. Abdullah emphasized that the massive turnout of supporters at the gathering was reflective of the people’s desire for determining their future political destiny, and a manifestation of their power. Dr. Abdullah pointed out that some elements in the Presidential Palace were working to undermine the electoral process by encouraging formation of coalitions among some candidates. He however stressed that such efforts would not bear fruit, as the real power rested with citizens of the nation, whose votes would determine the future course of the country.
With great passion, he stated that his agenda was focused on strengthening national unity in the country, and improving the lives of all citizens, from all corners Afghanistan. He promised to work together with the people for Afghanistan’s security, stability, and prosperity, and to ensure that power would rest in the hands of the people.
Dr. Abdullah highlighted the importance of credible, transparent, and inclusive elections, the results of which would be broadly acceptable to the Afghan nation. He also added that the people of Afghanistan would not allow fraud to determine the outcome of the elections.
Dr. Abdullah also paid tribute to all of Afghanistan’s national martyrs, including Afghanistan’s national security forces, who have sacrificed their lives for the well being, dignity, and prosperity of the Afghan nation. He stated, “They are our national heroes whose service and sacrifice will never be forgotten”.
The gathering at Ghazi Stadium coincided with other gatherings held in support of Dr. Abdullah’s candidacy in the provinces of Khost, Helmand, Kandahar, Laghman, Balkh, Ghor, Badghis, and others.
February 27, 2014 – Kabul, Afghanistan