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Sunday
Apr132014

Votes Still Being Counted, Race for Afghan President Remains Close

Photo by Scott Peterson/Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- The Chairman of the Afghan Independent Election Commission announced on Sunday that 10 percent of the votes in Afghanistan's presidential election have been counted and the race is tight.

Former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah and former Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani are the leading candidates to replace outgoing President Hamid Karzai. Initial counts showed Abdullah with 41.9 percent of the vote and Ghani with 37.6 percent.

Preliminary results won't be announced until April 24. If no candidate gets 50 percent of the vote or more, the election will go to a run off.

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