Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah gestures as he speaks during a press conference at his residence in Kabul on June 19, 2014. AFP PHOTO/SHAH Marai
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Afghanistan's election crisis deepened Thursday when presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah said he would reject the result because his claims of massive fraud have failed to stop the ongoing vote count.Abdullah's complaints about alleged fraud in Saturday's run-off election have thrown the country's first democratic transfer of power into turmoil ahead of preliminary results due out on July 2 .Abdullah took on Ashraf Ghani in the run-off vote after the two came first and second in an eight-man election on April 5, when Abdullah was well ahead with 45 percent against Ghani's 31.6 percent.About 100 supporters of Abdullah demonstrated in Kabul Thursday in the first public protests of the crisis, though Abdullah has repeatedly called on his loyalists to show restraint.Abdullah has focused his fraud claims on the IEC's estimated turnout of more than seven million voters, which he believes is too high.
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