Abdullah Leads Protesters in Afghan Election Stand-Off

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Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah led several thousand demonstrators through Kabul on Friday, upping the stakes in his protest against alleged election fraud that has triggered a political crisis in the country.

Abdullah has vowed to reject the election result, saying he was the victim of massive ballot-box stuffing in the June 14 poll with vote counting reportedly putting him far behind his rival Ashraf Ghani, Alahednews reported.

As tensions rise fast between opposing supporters, the United Nations has expressed fears of spiraling ethnic violence at the same time as US-led troops pull out after 13 years.

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