Karzai, Abdullah teams both claim wins in Afghan vote

August 21, 2009 10:24

Campaign teams for President Hamid Karzai and top challenger Abdullah Abdullah each positioned themselves Friday as the winner of Afghanistan's presidential election, one day after millions of Afghans braved dozens of militant attacks to cast ballots. The first official returns were not expected until at least Saturday, but campaign teams conducted informal counts and posted numbers at campaign headquarters. Abdullah's unofficial returns showed him beating Karzai handily - but they did not include any numbers from Afghanistan's south and east, where Karzai was expected to win a large majority. Across town, Karzai's campaign team said the president had won more than 50 percent of the nation's vote, a result that would mean a two-man runoff was not necessary.

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