Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah speaks during a press conference at his residence in Kabul, Afghanistan July 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
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Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah was locked in last-chance talks with the United Nations Tuesday as a deal to resolve the country's damaging election dispute edged closer to failure.With both candidates claiming victory, the U.S. brokered a deal in which the poll rivals agreed to an audit of all eight million votes and the formation of a post-election national unity government.The U.N. has raised concerns of a return to the ethnic divisions of the 1990s civil war because Abdullah draws his support from Tajiks and other northern Afghan groups, while Ghani is backed by Pashtun tribes of the south and east.Faizullah Zaki, a spokesman from Ghani's campaign, told AFP that Abdullah should lower his demands over the unity government and re-join the negotiations.
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