Karzai leads in partial vote count

2009-09-07 08:31 BJT

Special Report: Afghan presidential election |

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In Afghanistan Incumbent President Hamid Karzai, has widened his lead against his main rival in the country's latest election count.

Karzai has more than 48 percent of ballots counted while Abdullah Abdullah has about 31 percent.

The outcome is the result of votes tallied from three quarters of the 28-thousand polling stations across the country. Karzai is just short of the outright majority needed to avoid a second vote.

Many of the still-uncounted ballots are from the south, where returns have favored Karzai.

His top challenger, Abdullah Abdullah, has made complaints of fraud in the voting process. Final results are expected to be announced on September 17th.

Editor: Zhang Pengfei | Source: CCTV.com