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Abdullah Leads in Afghan Presidential Poll, Partial Count Shows

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah retained his lead in the race to succeed Hamid Karzai, after the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan announced partial results with about half of all votes counted.

Abdullah, a former foreign minister, garnered 44 percent of about 3.5 million ballots, putting him in “first position,” Ahmad Yusuf Nuristani, the commission’s chairman, told reporters in the capital Kabul. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, a former World Bank official, was in second place with 33 percent, Nuristani said.