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Afghan candidates pull out of election audit

Posted: August 28, 2014 at 4:27 a.m.

Afghan election workers sort ballots Wednesday in Kabul for an audit of runoff votes in the country’s troubled presidential election. Former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah, saying the process is fraught with fraud, pulled his auditors from the recount Wednesday, and the other candidate, former Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, was asked to do likewise in the interest of fairness. Officials said the audit would proceed.

Afghanistan's troubled presidential election was rocked by more turmoil Wednesday as both candidates vying to succeed Hamid Karzai pulled their observers out of a ballot audit meant to determine the winner of a June runoff.

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