Afghan election poised for Abdullah-Ghani run-off

Reuters News
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Posted: Apr 24, 2014 8:40 AM

KABUL (Reuters) - The Afghanistan presidential election is poised to go to a run-off after the latest tally of votes released on Thursday showed neither former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah nor former finance minister Ashraf Ghani securing an outright majority.

The Independent Election Commission said preliminary results based on 82.6 percent of the vote from the 34 provinces showed Abdullah in the lead with 43.8 percent, followed by Ghani with 32.9 percent.

(Reporting by Hamid Shalizi and Jeremy Laurence; Editing by Robert Birsel)