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Ghani leads preliminary Afghan poll results

July 7, 2014

Al Jazeera, Doha, Qatar

July 07--Preliminary results in Afghanistan's presidential polls have put Ashraf Ghani, the country's former finance minister, in the lead, but the electoral commission has emphasised that the results are not final.

In an announcement on Monday, Ahmad Yousuf Nuristani of the Afghan presidential commission said Ghani, an ex-World Bank economist, was in the lead with 56.44 percent of the vote, while his rival Abdullah Abdullah, a former Afghan foreign minister, had 43.56 percent.

The commission said that they were still investigating complaints of alleged vote-rigging and that the final results would be announced after the complaints commission recounted a number of votes

The announcement came after last-minute talks by the candidates in an effort to try and resolve a standoff over the election outcome.

Ghani's camp said the two sides had agreed to audit an additional 7,100 polling stations to ensure the final result is clean but Abdullah's aides said the compromise was not final.

Both rounds of the vote to elect a successor to incumbent President Hamid Karzai have been plagued by accusations of mass fraud, and the refusal by either candidate to accept the outcome could split the fragile country along ethnic lines.

Abdullah, a former anti-Taliban fighter, insists the results should be delayed until all fraudulent voted have been thrown



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