Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani gestures as he addresses a press conference in Kabul on July 5, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ Wakil KOHSAR
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Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani ruled out a coalition government with his rival Abdullah Abdullah Saturday, quashing hopes for a power-sharing deal to defuse tensions that have threatened to split Afghanistan along ethnic lines.Ghani and Abdullah have locked horns since the June 14 second round run-off, accusing each other of trying to manipulate the vote and declaring victory in the contest to succeed Hamid Karzai as president.Speaking to reporters Saturday, Ghani explicitly denied he sought a coalition government.Ghani's aides, citing election observers, say he is in the lead in the run-off by at least one million votes.Ghani said election results should not be delayed further.
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