- Afghanistan’s election for a new leader to replace President Hamid Karzai, is spiraling out of control after candidate Abdullah Abdullah claimed rival Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai of ballot-rigging. Abdullah warns he will reject the results, if he thinks they are plagued by fraud.
- “There is no doubt that fraud has happened, massive fraud has happened,” says Abdullah. “After all suspicious areas are audited, we will accept the election results, but not before that.”
- Western officials are desperate for the success of an election whose $129M cost they mostly funded, to leave Afghanistan with a democratic handover of power. NATO countries are also looking for the new presidency to permit a contingent of foreign troops to stay, which the current president has refused to allow.
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