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US: 'Thorough review' of Afghan vote fraud claims needed

Supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani celebrate in the street after preliminary election results showed he won on July 7, 2014, in KabulThe United States on Monday urged a “full and thorough” review of serious fraud allegations in Afghanistan’s presidential election run-off and called for the two candidates to cooperate with the investigations. Former World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani was leading in preliminary election results, but Washington insisted Afghan authorities not jump the gun and announce a winner before electoral bodies make their final findings. “We have seen today’s announcement of preliminary results and note that these figures are not final or authoritative and may not predict the final outcome, which could still change based on the findings of the Afghan electoral bodies,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement. Preliminary results released Monday showed Ghani with 56.4 percent of the run-off vote compared to 43.5 percent for former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah.

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