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Several international political leaders, including Gordon Brown, have phoned the Afghan President, Hamid Karzai, in what appeared to be a diplomatic offensive over the country's disputed presidential election. The calls came just before the UN-backed Electoral Complaints Commission was due to announce the findings of its investigation into allegations of fraud in the 20 August ballot.

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Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai yesterday said the resignation of an Afghan member of the UN-backed Electoral Complaints Commission "cast serious doubt" on its work.

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Confusion lingers as Karzai votes detailed

Afghanistan's election commission released preliminary vote totals today showing President Hamid Karzai with 54.6 percent of the vote in the first full results to be released since the country's 20 August election.

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A partial recount ordered to prevent fraud in last month's Afghan presidential election will cover more than 10 per cent of polling stations, the head of a UN-backed watchdog said. Yesterday's announcement means that enough votes are likely to be subjected to the fraud inquiry to potentially alter the outcome, prolonging uncertainty over the result for weeks or months.

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Fraud commission voids Karzai votes

The UN-backed commission investigating fraud in Afghanistan's election issued its first orders today to exclude some ballots from the final tally.

Karzai 'victory' provokes fresh crisis between Kabul and West

Even opponents of the President have closed ranks behind him after the UN ordered a recount into the disputed election results

Karzai edges closer to victory but allegations of ballot fraud intensify

Hamid Karzai edged closer to the 50 per cent share of the votes he needs for outright victory in the Afghan presidential elections with the publication of the latest set of results yesterday. However, election officials also announced that they had thrown out votes from 447 polling sites because of suspected fraud. There has reportedly been significant friction within the country's Independent Election Commission about whether or not votes should be discounted.

Karzai edges closer to Afghan poll win

President Hamid Karzai nudged closer to the 50 percent threshold needed to avoid a run-off in Afghanistan's election, according to the latest results released today.

Threat to Afghan presidential ballot

A power struggle at the top of Afghanistan's election commission is threatening to sway the outcome of the country's presidential ballot, as officials argue over how many votes to discard because of fraud.

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