Kerry presses Afghan poll rivals to end impasse


KABUL: US Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday sought to push Afghanistan’s election crisis towards a rapid resolution, cajoling rival presidential candidates to end their perilous stand-off as North Atlantic Treaty Organization troops withdraw. Kerry, on his second visit to Kabul within weeks, set a target for the new president to be in office by the end of this month despite a dispute between Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah over alleged electoral fraud.



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