Afghan poll feud threatens Obama's smooth exit hopes

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah speaks at a rally in Kabul on July 8, 2014The United States, which pointedly stayed mute during two rounds of voting for Afghanistan’s next president, swung into action as claims of mass electoral irregularities threatened the country’s first democratic transfer of power — in which Washington has a huge stake. At a perilous moment for Afghanistan, Obama made an unusual call to Abdullah Abdullah, the candidate alleging he was cheated out of power by mass stuffing of ballot boxes.

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