The former prime minister announced plans to drop out of the race days before the election.
Afghanistan (WiredPRNews.com) – Afghanistan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah has announced that he will no longer be in the run-off with President Hamid Karzai. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the former prime minister made the announcement only days before the runoff election was set to take place.
As noted by the AP, Abdullah’s decision leaves Karzai to lead the country a second term despite allegations that fraud played a role in his election win in August. Abdullah reportedly dropped out of the race because the same commission that handled the previous election was the one chosen for the run-off. Abdullah is quoted in the report as stating in his announcement, “I will not participate in the Nov. 7 election” due to the fact that a “transparent election is not possible.”
The Obama administration has reportedly expressed intentions on working with Karzai on necessary issues despite previous concerns.
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