​Afghan presidential hopeful accuses election body of fraud

June 18, 2014 5:37 PM

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​Afghan presidential hopeful accuses election body of fraud

KABUL, Afghanistan -- Afghan presidential candidate Dr. Abdullah Abdullah announced Wednesday that he was suspending all work with the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC), citing what he said was widespread, carefully engineered fraud in the second round of voting in the country's presidential election, and asked the commission to halt the vote-counting process immediately.

His refusal to work with the independent election body raises the possibility of a protracted political crisis following two rounds of voting which should have ushered the first democratic transition of political power in Afghanistan's history. It could also undermine 13 years of effort by the Unite...

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