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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 212,927 votes, compared to 202,889 for ex-Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah. However, there remain many allegations of fraud, and the commission is investigating almost…

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The members of the Security Council welcome the holding of the presidential and provincial council elections in Afghanistan on 20 August 2009. The members of the Council reiterate the importance of these elections as Afghanistan, working together with other members of the international community, continues to make progress towards its…

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