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Afghan Presidential Candidate Rules Out Coalition Deal


Afghanistan -- Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani addresses a press conference at his residence in Kabul on on June 26, 2014.

Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani has ruled out a coalition government with his rival Abdullah Abdullah.

Speaking to reporters on July 5, Ghani said, "People are concerned and the question they have been asking is if we have made any deal. Our answer is clear: we have not made any deal."

Ghani and Abdullah have locked horns since the June 14 second round run-off, accusing each other of trying to manipulate the vote and declaring victory in the contest to succeed Hamid Karzai as president.

Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission has delayed the announcement of the initial results of the presidential runoff vote until July 7 while it conducts an audit to detect potential voting fraud.

Based on reporting by Reuters

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