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Kerry: Afghan power grab would mean US aid cutoff

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Photo - Secretary of State John Kerry greets media representatives flying aboard his plane bound for diplomatic talks in China while flying from Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Monday, July 7, 2014. Kerry is heading to Beijing to participate in the sixth round of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue. (AP Photo/Jim Bourg, Pool)
Secretary of State John Kerry greets media representatives flying aboard his plane bound for diplomatic talks in China while flying from Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Monday, July 7, 2014. Kerry is heading to Beijing to participate in the sixth round of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue. (AP Photo/Jim Bourg, Pool)
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TOKYO (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says any action to seize power illegally in Afghanistan would lead to the end of U.S. financial and security support.

Kerry says suggestions of a "parallel government" in Afghanistan are a grave concern.

Afghan official released preliminary election results Monday showing former finance minister Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai in the lead for the presidency.

But millions of ballots are being checked for fraud and a spokesman for Ahmadzai's opponent, Abdullah Abdullah, has rejected the results and called releasing them a "coup."

Kerry says he expects Afghan electoral institutions to conduct a full review of all reasonable allegations of irregularities.

But he says there is no justification for violence or threats of extralegal action.

He called on leaders to maintain calm.

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