Afghanistan's presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai speaks during a press conference at his resident in Kabul, Afghanistan June 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
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Afghan officials released preliminary election results showing former Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani well in the lead for the presidency, but said no winner can be declared because millions of ballots were being audited for fraud.The announcement came as Ghani is locked in a standoff with his rival Abdullah Abdullah, who has refused to accept any electon results until all fraudulent ballots are invalidated. The results showed that Ghani had about 4.5 million votes, or 56 percent, while Abdullah had 3.5 million votes, or 44 percent, according to the commission.The preliminary results had been due July 2 but were delayed by five days while officials said they would audit ballots from 1,930 polling stations that had at least 599 votes.Abdullah said that was insufficient and demanded the results be postponed until all fraud allegations were resolved.
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