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Abdullah rejects ‘coup’ against people

KABUL: Afghan presidential contender Abdullah Abdullah’s camp rejected preliminary results of last month’s run-off election on Monday as a “coup” against the people, putting him on a dangerous collision course with his rival, Ashraf Ghani. Abdullah’s camp responded angrily on Monday, saying the result was invalid, as it did not throw out all the fraudulent votes. “We don’t accept the results which were announced today and we consider this as a coup against people’s votes,” said Mujib Rahman Rahimi, a spokesman for Abdullah’s campaign. His rejection sets the stage for a possible bloody standoff between ethnic groups or even secession of parts of the fragile country, which is already deeply divided along tribal lines. Abdullah, a former anti-Taliban resistance fighter, has long alleged widespread fraud in the messy and protracted vote and insisted results should be delayed until all problematic poll stations have been audited. 

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