Kerry faces uphill battle to defuse Afghan election standoff

July 10, 2014 8:40 AM

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Kerry faces uphill battle to defuse Afghan election standoff

KABUL (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will arrive to a skeptical audience in Afghanistan this week to try to resolve a deepening crisis over a disputed presidential election which has stirred ethnic tensions in the fragile country.

Afghanistan has plunged into political chaos in recent months as a protracted election process to pick a successor to President Hamid Karzai has run into a deadlock between two leading candidates, Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani.

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