Afghan President Hamid Karzai gustures as he speaks to the media after attending prayers Eid al-Fitr that marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan at the presidential palace in Kabul on July 28, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Wakil Kohsar
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A suicide attacker killed an influential cousin of Afghan President Hamid Karzai Tuesday, officials said, raising tensions during a dispute over election results that will determine the country's new leader as US-led troops withdraw.Hashmat Karzai was a campaign manager in the southern province of Kandahar for Ashraf Ghani, one of the two presidential candidates involved in a bitter stand-off that threatens to trigger worsening ethnic instability.US Secretary of State John Kerry flew into Kabul earlier this month to broker the deal for a complete recount of the eight million votes after Abdullah appeared ready to set up a "parallel government" in opposition to Ghani.Hashmat Karzai first worked in this year's presidential election campaign for Qayyum Karzai, the president's brother, and later moved to support Ghani when Qayyum withdrew from the race.
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