Afghanistan cancels Saturday's presidential vote runoff

The chief officer on Afghanistan's election commission says Saturday's presidential runoff has been canceled.

Afghanistan cancels Saturday's presidential vote runoff

Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission said on Monday there would be no presidential run-off after President Hamid Karzai's only rival, Abdullah Abdullah, withdrew.

"There is no second round," the IEC's chief electoral officer Daoud Ali Najafi told Reuters.

The run-off, called after the first round in August was marred by widespread fraud, was to have been held on Nov. 7.

President Hamid Karzai had already effectively secured a second term when his only challenger, former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah, dropped out of the race Sunday because he said the vote would not be free or fair.


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