Karzai Agrees to Run-Off

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The United Nations-backed Independent Electoral Commission found early Tuesday that Afghan President Hamid Karzai did not win the August presidential election.

The commission had found that after the election's fraudulent ballots were discounted, the number of votes Karzai received was less than 50 percent of the total vote. Responding to the commission's findings, President Karzai accepted the ruling, and has agreed to a November 7 run-off election.

Election results released last month gave Karzai nearly 55 percent of the election's votes, and his main rival Abdullah Abdullah 28 percent, the BBC reported.

President Barack Obama welcomed Karzai's willingness to run in a new election. And Senator John Kerry meets with President Karzai and his opponent, Abdullah Abdullah, today to discuss the upcoming election.

Meanwhile, the Obama administration still hasn't decided how many additional troops the U.S. will send to Afghanistan.


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