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Abdullah Says Fraud Gave His Rival A Million Vote Lead In Afghan Vote

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June 16, 2014 AT 7:00 AM
Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah said on Monday his opponent's apparent million-vote lead in the second round of national elections at the weekend was due to massive fraud. Observers fear allegations of fraud on both sides could lead to a lengthy and paralyzing struggle for power along ethnic lines, threatening to derail attempts to transfer power democratically for the first time in Afghanistan's history. Abdullah led first-round results in April with 45 percent of the vote, while Ashraf Ghani lagged behind by more than 13 points.