AFGHAN POLL RESULT DELAYED UNTIL MONDAY

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KABUL: Afghanistan’s delayed presidential election result will be announced on Monday, officials said, as the two candidates wrangle over alleged fraud in a political crisis that threatens the country’s first democratic transfer of power. The five-day delay is to allow an audit of nearly 2,000 of the 23,000 polling stations nationwide in an anti-fraud audit designed to raise confidence in the vote-counting process. But both Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah say they won on clean votes, and neither appears prepared to accept defeat—triggering the prospect of a power struggle as US-led troops withdraw after 13 years of fighting the Taliban.

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