U.S. calls on Afghans to respect decision on presidential election

13:47, October 17, 2009      

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The Obama administration on Friday called on the government and all candidates in Afghanistan to abide by the upcoming decision over the country's controversial presidential election.

"Our position is that the government and all candidates need to abide by the decision of the commission and that the Afghan law, the Afghan Constitution has to be followed," said Department of State spokesman Ian Kelly.

The spokesman told reporters that there were indications that the Afghan government led by President Hamid Karzai is going to follow the Constitution and has been preparing "the way for a possible run-off."

Reports here said earlier in the day that the UN-backed Electoral Complaints Commission had reduced President Karzai's portion of the vote to about 47 percent, less than the 50 percent ensuring his victory.

The result, if confirmed, would trigger a run-off between President Karzai and his closest challenger, former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah.

Earlier results showed that Karzai won 54 percent of the vote, while Abdullah had 28 percent.

Source: Xinhua
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