Abdullah cries foul, demands halt to vote counting

Kabul – Afghan presidential candidate Dr Abdullah Abdullah has demanded an immediate halt to vote-counting over allegations of widespread fraud.

Dr Abdullah said ballot boxes had been stuffed to the benefit of his rival Ashraf Ghani and he had lost trust in the electoral authorities. "We have asked our monitors to leave their offices," he said.

A run-off vote to choose who replaces Hamid Karzai was held on Saturday. Final results are due in July. Dr Abdullah won most votes in the first round in April, but did not secure an outright majority.

Karzai – who has served two terms as president – is expected to hand power to his successor in August.


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