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Recording released claimed to be Afghan V-P encouraging rigging of presidential vote

Published on Aug 3, 2014 10:13 PM
 
Afghan election workers count ballot papers during an audit of the presidential run-off in Kabul on Sunday, Aug 3, 2014. Afghanistan's troubled presidential election plunged deeper into crisis on Sunday when one of the main contenders accused a deputy of President Hamid Karzai of orchestrating fraud in favour of his rival. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

KABUL, Aug 3 (Reuters) - Afghanistan's troubled presidential election plunged deeper into crisis on Sunday when one of the main contenders accused a deputy of President Hamid Karzai of orchestrating fraud in favour of his rival.

Supporters of Mr Abdullah Abdullah, a former foreign minister, released an audio recording they said was Vice-President Mohammad Karim Khalili encouraging vote-rigging in favour of Mr Ashraf Ghani, the other contender in the race.

Mr Khalili's and Mr Ghani's staff dismissed the recording as a fake.

Allegations of mass fraud have shadowed the outcome of the vote, which was meant to be the first democratic transition of power in Afghanistan's history ahead of the withdrawal of international combat troops at the end of this year.

 
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