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Delays, fights marred Afghanistan's election recount
Delays, fights marred Afghanistan's election recount

Inside the hot, musty airplane hangar where international officials were supervising Afghanistan’s presidential election recount, the rival camps had sparred for days until the tension finally boiled over. Confronting a young poll worker carrying ballot boxes, election observers loyal to candidate Abdullah Abdullah demanded to see his identification. When the man refused, one Abdullah supporter called him a spy for the opposing campaign and snapped pictures with his smartphone. Three poll workers rushed to their colleague’s side. According to witnesses, several Abdullah supporters then pulled out knives, brass knuckles and pliers. A fight erupted that left several people...

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