A man poses for photos holding an Afghan national flag as supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani celebrate in the street after preliminary election results showed he won July 7, 2014. (AFP Photo/Wakil Kohsar)
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Thousands of supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah rallied in central Kabul Tuesday in a gesture of defiance after his rival, Ashraf Ghani, was declared the winner of last month's run-off vote.Observers fear that a standoff between Abdullah and Ghani could plunge Afghanistan into disorder, with no clear leader in a country already beset by deep-rooted ethnic divisions.Abdullah has accused President Hamid Karzai, who is stepping down after 12 years in power, of helping rig the vote in favor of Ghani, describing it as a "coup" against the people. In a noisy protest, crowds of Abdullah supporters gathered in a giant tent in the center of the capital Kabul, chanting "Death to Karzai," tearing down a large portrait of the outgoing leader and replacing it with an image of Abdullah.
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