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Karzai extends his lead in Afghan presidential elections

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With around 35% of ballots counted in last week's presidential elections Afghanistan's incumbent president, Hamid Karzai, has extended his lead to 15% over his nearest rival, the country's Central Election Commission said on Saturday.

KABUL, August 29 (RIA Novosti) - With around 35% of ballots counted in last week's presidential elections Afghanistan's incumbent president, Hamid Karzai, has extended his lead to 15% over his nearest rival, the country's Central Election Commission said on Saturday.

Daud Najafi, chief electoral officer, told journalists in Kabul that Karzai had 46.2% of the votes, with former foreign minster Abdullah Abdullah trailing on 31.3%.

A candidate needs 50% of the vote to claim victory without a runoff.

Election day was plagued by militant attacks, with some 400 registered across the country.

Final figures are due in early September.

 

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