Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah, center, listens to his supporters during a rally at a wedding hall in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)
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Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah threatened Tuesday to withdraw from the disputed election, a move that could wreck U.N. efforts to rescue the country's first democratic transfer of power.The June 14 vote has triggered a standoff between Abdullah and his poll rival Ashraf Ghani, with both candidates claiming victory amid allegations of massive fraud.With the audit entering its final stages, Abdullah's campaign team ignored pleas from the United Nations and the United States to allow the process to be completed and then to respect the outcome.Abdullah won the eight-candidate first-round election in April, but preliminary results in the June run-off vote showed he had fallen well behind Ghani.Tahir Zaheer, a spokesman for Ghani, dismissed Abdullah's threats as "irrelevant and irresponsible".
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