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Abdullah's supporters threaten to take up arms over 'rigged' election

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The chief challenger in the Afghan presidential elections has accused incumbent Hamid Karzai of being personally responsible for vote-rigging, in the most direct attack so far against his former boss.

Spectre of unrest looms after Afghan polls marred by fraud

Allegations of intimidation, ballot-box stuffing and miscounting threaten the country's fragile democracy. Kim Sengupta reports from Nad-e-Ali, Helmand

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