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Thursday 18 September 2014

Abdullah leading Afghanistan poll

Published 26/04/2014 | 15:42

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No candidate has attracted enough votes to win the first round of the Afghanistan presidential election outright.

Preliminary results in Afghanistan's presidential election show former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah won the most votes but not the majority needed to avoid a run-off.

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The chairman of the Independent Election Commission, Ahmad Yousuf Nouristani, said today that Mr Abdullah had 44.9% of the vote and ex-finance minister Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai came in second with 31.5%.

The preliminary results are due to be finalised on May 14 after investigations into fraud complaints.

Electoral law requires a run-off between the top two candidates if no one candidate gets a majority. A run-off should be held within 15 days of final results.

The candidates are vying to replace President Hamid Karzai, the only president Afghans have known since the US-led invasion to topple the Taliban's hard-line Islamic regime.

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