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Afghan president welcomes results of election
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19:56, September 09, 2009

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The sitting Afghan President Hamid Karzai who is near to secure reelection has expressed satisfaction over the partial results of election announced so far, a statement released by his office Wednesday said.

"President Karzai has welcomed the partial results of the election announced by the Independent Election Commission and hopes that final result would be announced after completion of the procedure," the statement added.

Afghanistan's second presidential election in the post-Taliban country was held on Aug. 20 but the election body has been announcing the partial result gradually and on phased basis.

Karzai was moving closer to winning re-election as election authority said Tuesday he has received 54.1 percent ballots with results from 91.6 percent polling stations.

Karzai's has significantly widened his lead against major rival, Abdullah Abdullah, who has 28.3 percent support, according the partial results released by the Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Tuesday.

Karzai needs to receive over 50 percent to avoid a run-off.

The vote count progressed very slowly as IEC only released small part of results every two or three days and the official final result is expected on Sept. 17.

Source: Xinhua

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