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Afghan Election Results Delayed Again


Afghanistan's election officials have again postponed the announcement of final results of the September 18 parliamentary elections.

The Joint Electoral Management Body says claims of widespread fraud in southern Afghanistan are delaying the results that were expected Wednesday, but now will be announced "in the next few days."

Based on provisional results declared last month, the 249-seat Lower House will be dominated by former warlords and Mujahedin fighters.

The country's first parliament in decades will also have several members of the ousted Taleban regime as well as more than 60 women legislators, who were declared provisional winners.

Meanwhile, a roadside bomb exploded near a U.N. convoy in southern Kandahar province, damaging an armored vehicle but causing no injuries. Two suspects have been arrested.

U.S.-led coalition forces prevented another attack by discovering a bomb near the eastern city of Jalalabad.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.

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