KABUL, Afghanistan

The UN on Sunday welcomed the announcement of the much-awaited preliminary results for Afghanistan’s landmark presidential election held in September. 

In a statement, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said Afghans braved security threats to cast their votes for a better future, and now, authorities and candidates must take the elections to its final stage.

According to the country’s Independent Election Commission (IEC), incumbent President Ashraf Ghani secured the minimum required 50%-plus-one-vote in the first round held on Sept. 28 leaving no round for a rerun.

Hava Alam Nuristani, head of the IEC, told a presser in

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