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Afghan election frontrunner releases audio to 'prove' fraud claims

Published on Jun 23, 2014 1:11 AM

KABUL (AFP) - The campaign team of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah on Sunday released audio recordings which they said contained evidence of fraud against a senior member of the country's Independent Election Commission (IEC).

The accusation came as hundreds of Mr Abdullah's supporters held protests against alleged irregularities for a second day across Kabul, as a political stalemate deepens in the country.

Mr Abdullah won the first round of the poll to succeed President Hamid Karzai, gaining 45 per cent of the vote while his nearest rival Ashraf Ghani won 31.6 per cent. But he has boycotted the vote count after the second round run-off, accusing Mr Karzai of interfering to favour his rival.

The dispute threatens to pitch Afghanistan into crisis as NATO combat troops withdraw from a 13-year war against Taliban insurgents.

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