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.