Abdullah vows to reject result of Afghan election audit
Published on Aug 28, 2014 6:27 AM
KABUL (AFP) - Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah will reject the results of a UN-supervised audit of the election, his spokesman said on Wednesday, tipping the country deeper into crisis just a week before the scheduled inauguration.
Fears grew of a violent backlash against the eventual result after Dr Abdullah withdrew his observers from the audit earlier Wednesday in the latest twist of a dispute over allegations of massive fraud in the June 14 election.
The United Nations moved rapidly to try to save Afghanistan's first democratic transfer of power by asking Dr Ashraf Ghani, the other presidential candidate, to also remove his observers from the vote-checking process.
The stand-off between Dr Abdullah, a former anti-Taleban resistance fighter, and Dr Ghani, an ex-World Bank economist, has threatened to revive ethnic unrest as US-led NATO combat troops prepare to exit by the end of this year.
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