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Karzai and Abdullah both claim victory

Formal results will not be announced until September


 

Afghanistan’s two leading candidates for president have both claimed victory a day after elections were held. Spokesmen for both incumbent President Hamid Karzai, and his main challenger and one-time foreign minister, Abdullah Abdullah, say early results suggest they won more than 50 per cent of the vote, making a runoff unnecessary. Formal results will not be announced until September, and Afghanistan’s election commission has asked candidates to refrain from making claims about results until then.

The Times


 
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