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Ghani vows comeback to win Afghan election run-off

Published on Apr 27, 2014 3:49 PM
 
Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai speaks during an interview with AFP at his residence in Kabul on April 14, 2014. Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani pledged on Sunday, April 27, 2014, to fight on after coming second in preliminary election results, setting the stage for a difficult run-off vote likely to be targeted by Taleban militants. -- PHOTO: AFP

KABUL (AFP) - Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani pledged on Sunday to fight on after coming second in preliminary election results, setting the stage for a difficult run-off vote likely to be targeted by Taleban militants.

Another expensive, and potentially violent, election could be avoided by negotiations between the two leading candidates in the coming weeks, but both men have dismissed talks of a possible power-sharing deal.

Mr Ghani, a ex-World Bank economist, secured 31.5 per cent of the vote, behind former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah on 44.9 per cent, in the election on April 5 that began Afghanistan's first democratic transfer of power.

"In the second round, the people should decide who has the ability to bring changes to the system," Mr Ghani told supporters in Kabul.

 
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