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Afghan presidential candidate rules out coalition deal

Published on Jul 5, 2014 9:30 PM
 
Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani gestures as he addresses a press conference in Kabul on July 5, 2014. Mr Ashraf Ghani ruled out a coalition government with his rival Abdullah Abdullah on Saturday, July 5, 2014, quashing hopes for a power-sharing deal to defuse tensions that have threatened to split Afghanistan along ethnic lines. -- PHOTO: AFP

KABUL (REUTERS) - Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani ruled out a coalition government with his rival Abdullah Abdullah on Saturday, quashing hopes for a power-sharing deal to defuse tensions that have threatened to split Afghanistan along ethnic lines.

Mr Ghani and Mr Abdullah have locked horns since the June 14 second round run-off, accusing each other of trying to manipulate the vote and declaring victory in the contest to succeed Mr Hamid Karzai as president.

Prompting speculation that a back-room power-sharing deal was in the making, officials have delayed the announcement of preliminary election results until Monday, potentially giving both candidates more time to find ways to end the impasse.

But speaking to reporters on Saturday, Mr Ghani explicitly denied he sought a coalition government.

 
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