Abdullah 'would accept legitimate Afghan vote defeat'

Abdullah Abdullah said he would do everything he could to ensure a "legitimate outcome" to the 14 June run-off with Ashraf Ghani.

Abdullah 'would accept legitimate Afghan vote defeat'

World Bulletin / News Desk

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah has told the BBC he would respect his rival winning, but only if it is proved the election was fair.

Abdullah Abdullah said he would do everything he could to ensure a "legitimate outcome" to the 14 June run-off with Ashraf Ghani.

Claims are made that both men have vote fraud and provisional results have been delayed by a week while votes are re-checked.

Dr Abdullah won a clear lead during the first round of voting in April, but fell short of an outright majority.

The BBC's Karen Allen in Kabul says the former resistance fighter and foreign minister appears to have softened his position.

Two weeks ago he said he would not accept the results unless the claims against him were properly investigated, he also demanded an immediate halt to the count. 

Dr Abdullah said ensuring the legitimacy of the vote, rather than its outcome, was his current focus. If Ashraf Ghani won by a "legitimate" process, he said he would welcome it.

Thousands of supporters took to the streets at the weekend in defence of Dr Abdullah.

Former foreign minister, Mr Abdullah and his rival, former finance minister Ashraf Ghani have both made allegations of fraud.

The UN is trying to adjudicate between the two sides and end the deadlock.

In 2009’s presidential election, Dr Abdullah pulled out which was also marred by claims of mass fraud

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