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Afghan candidate threatens withdrawal

Aide calls election audit a ‘joke,’ says Abdullah wants demands met or he’s out

Posted: August 27, 2014 at 2:26 a.m.

Afghan election commission workers sort ballots for an audit of the presidential run-off votes at an election commission office in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. Afghanistan's president Hamid Karzai said in a statement that the inauguration ceremony for the next country's president will be held on September 2, 2014 and it is not subject to change. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

KABUL, Afghanistan -- One of the two candidates for Afghan president will withdraw from a contested audit of the results unless election officials meet a series of technical demands made by his campaign, one of his top aides said Tuesday.

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