The two candidates, Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani, have clashed over the vote, and refusal by either of them to accept the outcome could plunge Afghanistan into a dangerous crisis. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
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Rival Afghan presidential candidates Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani are holding last-minute talks to try to defuse a standoff over the outcome of a troubled election, their spokespeople said Monday.Afghanistan is due to announce preliminary results of the run-off vote at 2 p.m .. Official final results are due on July 22 . Both rounds of the vote have been plagued by accusations of mass fraud, and the refusal by either candidate to accept the outcome could plunge the country into a dangerous crisis and split it along ethnic lines.
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