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Kerry brokers a deal to recount all Afghan votes

 Kerry brokers a deal to recount all Afghan votes
Kerry brokers a deal to recount all Afghan votes

(Kabul) – After nearly 12 hours of often tense negotiations, Secretary of State John Kerry announced that Afghanistan would audit all eight million votes cast in a runoff presidential election last month as part of a deal to end a tense power struggle between the top two candidates.
The audit, intended to resolve allegations of widespread fraud, is to begin almost immediately, he said, and will be supervised by international monitors. Its results will be binding, and the winner will go on to head a national unity government whose shape has yet to be finalized.
“Every single ballot that was cast will be audited,” Mr. Kerry said at a news conference where he was flanked by the two candidates, Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani, who endorsed the agreement.

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