Shaky run-up to Afghan polls

KABUL - Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah quit an election run-off on Sunday after accusing the government of not meeting his demands for a fair vote, but said he was not calling for a boycott.

KABUL - Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah quit an election run-off on Sunday after accusing the government of not meeting his demands for a fair vote, but said he was not calling for a boycott.

Speaking to supporters and tribal elders in a huge tent in Kabul, Abdullah made no mention of any power-sharing deal with his rival, President Hamid Karzai, an indication that earlier talks to strike an accord had foundered.

Karzai had been favourite to win the November 7 presidential run-off after getting the most votes in a fraud-marred first round on August 20.

Karzai's campaign team said the run-off would go ahead despite Abdullah's withdrawal. - Reuters

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