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Afghan presidential runoff results delayed by fraud allegations
Afghan presidential runoff results delayed by fraud allegations

Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission announced Tuesday that results of the presidential runoff election will be delayed by at least several days as votes from nearly 2,000 polling places are reviewed in response to allegations of massive fraud. Former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah, who was the clear front-runner with 45% of the vote in the initial eight-man contest in April, has accused the commission, his opponent and current President Hamid Karzai of complicity in ballot-box stuffing. Election commissioner Sharifa Zurmati told reporters in Kabul, the capital,  that the runoff results, which have already been logged in the commission database, would be released no sooner...

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