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Abdullah's supporters threaten to back breakaway Afghan government
Abdullah's supporters threaten to back breakaway Afghan government

A defiant Abdullah Abdullah asserted Tuesday that he had won Afghanistan's bitterly disputed presidential election as outraged supporters threatened to back a breakaway government, raising the specter of a prolonged and perhaps bloody political crisis. A day after preliminary results gave a commanding lead to Abdullah's rival, Ashraf Ghani, U.S. officials were scrambling to salvage the legitimacy of an election that the Obama administration hoped would usher in a stable, post-American era in Afghanistan, but which has become tainted by accusations of serious fraud. President Obama and Secretary of State John F. Kerry called Abdullah, urging him to abandon the idea of creating a "parallel...

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