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Afghanistan's Ghani claims narrow win in preliminary presidential vote results

Election commission says Ghani wins 50.6% of vote

Hawa Alam Nuristani, head of the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC) arrives for the preliminary presidential election results announcement in Kabul, Afghanistan Dec.22.   © Reuters

KABUL (Reuters) -- Afghanistan's incumbent President Ashraf Ghani won a slim majority of votes in a Sept. 28 election, delayed preliminary results showed on Sunday, after a poll that plunged the country into political crisis and was marred by allegations of fraud.

The Independent Election Commission (IEC) said the total turnout in the presidential election was more than 1.8 million with Ghani securing 50.64% - enough to win the first round of voting - beating his main challenger, Abdullah Abdullah, who currently shares power with Ghani in a unity government.

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