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Afghan Presidential Candidate Abdullah Pulls Out Of Election Audit

Abdullah Abdullah speaks to supporters during a meeting in Kabul on August 21.

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah is boycotting the UN-supervised audit set up to end a dispute over the rightful winner of a June 14 runoff, a senior member of his campaign team said.

Abdullah's deputy campaign manager Muhammadullah Haidari told RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan on August 27 that Abdullah's team would return to the process if their demands are met, but would not accept any decision made in their absence.

Abdullah's boycott added more uncertainty to the election, which entered a deadlock after he and his rival, Ashraf Ghani, both claimed victory after the runoff.

President Hamid Karzai's office said Karzai met with Abdullah and Ghani late on August 26.

The statement said they discussed the election process but gave no further details.

With reporting by AFP