Afghan election workers count ballot papers for an audit of the presidential run-off in Kabul August 27, 2014. (REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail)
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A U.N.-supervised audit of votes in Afghanistan's disputed presidential election has finished, an Afghan electoral official said Friday.The IEC has already begun invalidating votes deemed fraudulent, but it was unclear when the final results of the audit -- and the next president of Afghanistan -- would be announced.Since then, U.S. State Secretary John Kerry has flown to Afghanistan twice to mediate a deal in which both candidates agreed to a full audit of the vote, and, based on the result, to form a national unity government, a pledge the contenders reiterated in a joint statement Thursday to a NATO summit.The seven-week audit, a painstaking exercise involving more than 8 million votes, was slow-going at times, punctuated by heated arguments between the two candidates' observers present during the process.
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