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Afghan election chaos as Abdullah bows out

Afghan presidential challenger Abdullah Abdullah quit an electionrunoff yesterday after accusing the government of not meeting hisdemand for a fair vote, leaving doubts over the legitimacy of the nextgovernment.<p></p>

Afghan presidential challenger Abdullah Abdullah quit an election runoff yesterday after accusing the government of not meeting his demand for a fair vote, leaving doubts over the legitimacy of the next government.

A weakened Afghan government under President Hamid Karzai would also be a blow for President Barack Obama as he decides whether to send up to 40,000 more U.S. troops to fight a resurgent Taliban.

Karzai’s camp ruled out a coalition with Abdullah, dashing hopes that might have been a way out of the impasse.

Daoud Ali Najafi, chief electoral officer of the government-appointed Independent Election Commission, told Reuters Afghanistan’s constitution meant the Nov. 7 runoff must go ahead despite Abdullah’s decision.

 
 
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