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Afghanistan presidential election candidate set to reject result

Published on Jul 7, 2014 2:57 PM

KABUL (AFP) - Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah was set to reject preliminary election results released Monday, heightening a political crisis over fraud that threatens to trigger instability as US-led troops pull out.

Abdullah, previously seen as the election front-runner, alleges that he was the victim of "industrial-scale" ballot-box stuffing on June 14 and has vowed not to recognise the vote count.

His poll rival Ashraf Ghani, who was reported to be at least one million votes ahead, says the result is fair and must not be further delayed.

The Independent Election Commission will hold a press conference at 2pm (5.30pm Singapore time) to announce the winner after a five-day delay.

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