Abdullah leads in Afghan election but short of majority

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Posted: Apr 20, 2014 9:07 AM

KABUL (Reuters) - Former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah leads the race to become Afghanistan's next president, according to the latest official tally of votes released on Sunday, but is short of an outright majority.

Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission said initial results based on almost 50 percent of the vote from the 34 provinces showed Abdullah in the lead with 44.4 percent, followed by Ashraf Ghani with 33.2 percent.

(Reporting by Jeremy Laurence; Editing by Angus MacSwan)