File - In this photograph taken on July 11, 2014 the Afghan presidential palace is pictured during the vist of US Secretary of State John Kerry (unseen) to Kabul.AFP PHOTO/POOL/Jim Bourg
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Afghanistan will not have a new president in time for a key NATO summit next week, officials said Thursday, as the country's prolonged election crisis lurched toward another damaging delay.The latest deadline of Sept. 2 was abandoned as a U.N.-supervised audit of all 8 million ballots has fallen behind schedule, with both candidates still claiming victory in the fraud-tainted vote.A NATO summit in Britain from Sept. 4 to Sept. 5 is meant to agree on future support for Afghanistan after the 13-year U.S.-led combat mission ends later this year.But NATO members had repeatedly stressed a new president should be in place before the summit, to prove that the country is becoming a functioning state.
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