Abdullah leads Ghani in first partial results of Afghanistan vote
Published on Apr 13, 2014 8:30 PM
KABUL (AFP) - Former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah is leading his closest rival Ashraf Ghani in the Afghan presidential election, the country's Independent Election Commission (IEC) said on Sunday, with the early results indicating a run-off vote is likely.
The eventual winner will need to lead the fight against a resurgent Taleban as United States-led combat troops prepare to leave at the end of the year, and also strengthen an economy reliant on declining aid money.
"Today we announce the partial results of 26 provinces with 10 percent of votes counted, these include (provinces) in the north, south, east, west and Kabul," said Mr Yousuf Nuristani, the IEC chief. "With 500,000 votes from 26 provinces Dr Abdullah is leading with 41.9 per cent; Dr Ashraf Ghani has 37.6 per cent and is in second; and Zalmai Rassoul has 9.8 per cent in third position."
A run-off election between the two leading candidates will be triggered if no single candidate gains more than 50 per cent of the vote when the final results are announced in late May.
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