KABUL, Afghanistan

Drama unfolded in Kabul as Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his political rival Abdullah Abdullah decided to hold contrasting oath-taking ceremonies for the top office Monday with tight security in place.

The oath-taking ceremony for Ghani at the Arg palace — the presidency, was scheduled for early morning around 9.00 a.m. (0430GMT), but it was postponed for undeclared reasons.

“The oath-taking ceremony would take place in the afternoon,” the president’s spokesman, Sediq Seddiqi tweeted.

At a distance of few meters, Ghani’s electoral rival and power-sharing Chief Executive Abdullah had hundreds of chairs arranged in the lawns of his

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