Afghanistan candidates in last minute talks to defuse election crisis
Published on Jul 7, 2014 8:42 PM
KABUL (REUTERS) - Rival Afghan presidential candidates Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani held last-minute talks on Monday to try to resolve a standoff over the outcome of a troubled election, as officials once again delayed the announcement of preliminary results.
The deadlock over the June 14 second round run-off has quashed hopes for a smooth transition of power in Afghanistan, a headache for the West as most US-led forces continue to withdraw from the country this year.
Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission had been due to announce results of the June 14 run-off vote at 2pm (0930 GMT) but officials said it would be put off by a few hours.
It was unclear what caused the delay, which came as rival camps struggled to find a last-minute compromise to keep Afghanistan from sliding into a protracted period of uncertainty without a clear leader accepted by all sides.
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