Kerry arrives in Afghanistan for talks on resolving disputed election

Reuters News
Posted: Jul 10, 2014 4:42 PM

KABUL (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Afghanistan on Friday for talks with the country's two presidential candidates on resolving a disputed election.

State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke said Kerry would meet with presidential contenders Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani, as well as Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

The Independent Election Commission has declared Ghani won the second round of voting on June 14 with 56.44 percent of the vote, according to preliminary results. The tally might change when the final official numbers come out on July 22.

Abdullah, who won the first round of voting, has rejected the preliminary  results of last month's runoff as a "coup" against the people.

(Reporting by Lesley Wroughton; Editing by Peter Cooney)