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Afghan presidential election heads for a run-off in June

Published on May 15, 2014 4:20 PM

KABUL (REUTERS) - The Afghan election headed for a second round run-off in mid-June between Abdullah Abdullah, a former opposition leader, and ex-World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani after final results on Thursday showed no candidate had won an absolute majority.  

The run-off will be held on June 14 and the results will be announced on July 22.  

The winner will be taking over the presidency at a crucial time with most Western forces due withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of the year, the Taleban insurgency still raging, and an agreement with Washington for some US forces to stay on hanging in the balance.  

Abdullah, a former leader in the anti-Taleban Northern Alliance, scored 45 per cent of the vote in the first round held on April 5, followed by Ghani with 31.6 per cent, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) said.

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