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Kabul Rally Protests 'Election Fraud'

Supporters of presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah shout slogans during a protest in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, June 21, 2014.
Supporters of presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah shout slogans during a protest in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, June 21, 2014.
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Hundreds of Afghan demonstrators have flooded the streets of Kabul to protest against alleged fraud in the country's recent presidential runoff election.

Saturday's protests disrupted traffic on the major road to the airport, although the gathering was peaceful. Riot police prevented the protesters from entering the airport and stood watch in case of any violent outbursts.

Former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah has accused electoral officials of trying to rig the presidential runoff vote in favor of his opponent, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai.

The United Nations assured Afghans Saturday that it is ready to assist in the presidential election if asked to help. Both Abdullah and Afghan President Hamid Karzai have urged the U.N. to step in.

Meanwhile, Afghan authorities say a suicide bomber in western Kabul killed one civilian and wounded several others, but failed to harm his target, a senior government official.

Police say the bomber detonated his vehicle early Saturday alongside the car of Mohammed Masoom Stanikzai, a senior official in the High Peace Council, a government body tasked with peace talks with the Taliban insurgency. Officials say Stanikzai was not hurt because his vehicle was heavily armored.

Witnesses say security personnel blocked off the area.

There has been no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

Some information for this report comes from AP and Reuters.

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by: Hamidi from: Kabul Afghanistan
June 22, 2014 3:17 AM
it is really funny, Abdullah Abdullah is counting as a loser candidate yet but he ordered to fire Mr. Amarkhil from his current position, from another hand what can he give to his followers who is shouting for him in the streets of Kabul Cities, it is a very high profile game, and wining and losing is the result of the game so I hope both of the candidates should accept the result of their lucks, and Influence among his people


by: khuma from: islamabad
June 21, 2014 9:43 PM
the latest development in election process seemed that ethnic elements resist a ethnic candidate to succeed the opposite ethnic candidate.

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by: 1worldnow from: Earth
June 22, 2014 7:36 AM
So Khuma, are you saying that no matter who wins, there will be chaos, riots, destruction, pain, death, and suffering? Seems to happen every time there are elections like this in the Middle East. So why have elections anyway? Seems like a waste of time? The ones who suffer from these events are your children and women.

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