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Kabul Korrespondence

Fresh, factual, and funky view of Afghanistan and the surrounding Central Asian region

And the winner is..........

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Initial counting from Afghanistan's presidential election shows incumbent Hamid Karzai with a slight lead.

With 10% of the ballots counted, the Election Commission said Mr Karzai had 212,000 votes, compared to 202,000 for ex-Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah.

However, there remain many allegations of fraud and the commission is investigating almost 800 complaints.

Final results are not expected for several weeks. A candidate needs more than 50% of votes to avoid a run-off.

Ramazan Bashardost, a popular Afghan MP who camps out in a tent near parliament and campaigned against corruption, got 53,740 votes and former World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani 15,143 votes, the commission announced.
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