AFGHAN POLL FEUD THREATENS OBAMA’S SMOOTH EXIT HOPES

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WASHINGTON D.C.: Afghanistan’s capricious politics and fresh claims of poll fraud on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) clouded President Barack Obama’s search for a “responsible” exit from Afghanistan by year’s end. The United States, which pointedly stayed mute during two rounds of voting for Afghanistan’s next president, swung into action as claims of mass electoral irregularities threatened the country’s first democratic transfer of power—in which Washington has a huge stake. At a perilous moment for Afghanistan, Obama made an unusual call to Abdullah Abdullah on Monday, the candidate alleging he was cheated out of power by mass stuffing of ballot boxes. Then Obama followed up with a call on Tuesday to Abdullah’s rival Ashraf Ghani.

AFP

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