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Afghanistan's rival candidates in presidential vote clash over alleged fraud on eve of results

Published on Jul 6, 2014 11:17 PM
Banners of presidential candidates in Kabul on June 1, 2014. The second round of Afghanistan's presidential election will take place on June 14. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

KABUL (AFP) - Afghanistan's rival presidential candidates clashed over alleged fraud on Sunday ahead of the release of preliminary election results, setting the stage for a prolonged squabble that threatens worsening instability.

Mr Abdullah Abdullah demanded that the preliminary result, due out on Monday, be delayed for a comprehensive audit of suspicious votes, repeating that he would reject the outcome if his demands were not met.

But Mr Ashraf Ghani, who is reported to be at least one million votes ahead in the count, insisted that the result could not be delayed again and must be revealed by the Independent Election Committee.

The preliminary result will include all votes from the June 14 run-off vote, with the official result scheduled for July 24 after a period for adjudication of complaints.

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