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Abdullah Threatens To Quit Afghan Election Audit


Afghan President Hamid Karzai (C) flanked by presidential candidates Abdullah Abdullah (R) and Ashraf Ghani in Kabul. (file photo(

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah has threatened to withdraw from an audit of votes cast in the June 14 runoff.

Fazel Ahmad Manawi, a senior member of Abdullah's campaign team, told reporters on August 26 that if election officials don't meet the team's "demands" by the morning of August 27, he will pull out of the audit and "consider it finished."

Manawi said Abdullah's demands over how fraudulent votes should be thrown out had been ignored.

The election process has entered a deadlock after both Abdullah and his election rival, Ashraf Ghani, claimed victory.

The audit that was agreed as a part of a U.S.-brokered deal to resolve the dispute has not yet been completed.

Outgoing President Hamid Karzai has said his successor must be inaugurated on September 2 and that the date will not change.

Based on reporting by AFP and Reuters

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