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Afghan Election Commission Declares Karzai President

Afghanistan's interim leader Hamid Karzai has won the war-shattered country's first presidential election.

Election officials say interim President Karzai has won more than 55 percent of the vote in the October 9 first-ever presidential election in Afghanistan.

The announcement came in Kabul Wednesday after a U.N.-appointed panel completed its investigation of allegations of election irregularities.

A member of the panel, Craig Jenness, says there were irregularities but they were not serious enough to invalidate the results.

"There were attempts at electoral fraud," he said. "However, there is no evidence that these attempts were widespread and or limited to the supporters of any one candidate.

President Karzai has led a transitional government that was put in place after a U.S.- led coalition removed Afghanistan's Taleban regime from power in late 2001 for harboring international terrorists.