Fraud charges merit review; violence not an option: US

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama spoke with Afghan presidential contender Abdullah Abdullah on Monday night to call for calm and dialogue and urge review of fraud charges in that country’s election, the White House said on Tuesday. “The president made clear ... that we expect a thorough review of all reasonable allegations of fraud, that there is no justification for resorting to violent or extra-constitutional measures,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said at a briefing. “Any such move would cost Afghanistan the financial and security assistance of the United States.” In a sharp warning, Kerry also said there was no justification for violence or “extra-constitutional measures”. “Any action to take power by extra-legal means will cost Afghanistan the financial and security support of the United States and the international community.” 

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