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Obama urges "calm" in Afghan deadlock over presidential polls

English.news.cn   2014-07-09 07:29:16

WASHINGTON, July 8 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama has called for "calm and dialogue" and a review of fraud allegations as Afghanistan has been deadlocked over the presidential election results, the White House said Tuesday.

Spokesman Josh Earnest said the president called Monday night former Afghan foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah, who was rejecting the preliminary results of the presidential runoff, to appeal for "calm and dialogue."

Obama made clear that "We expect a thorough review of all reasonable allegations of fraud and that there is no justification for resorting to violent or extra-constitutional measures," Earnest told reporters at a daily news briefing.

"We've been clear that any such move would cost Afghanistan the financial and security assistance of the United States of America, " the spokesman added.

Abdullah on Tuesday rejected what he called "illegitimate" initial results of the runoff announced a day earlier, declaring himself the winner.

The results show Abdullah secured 45 percent of the votes, while his rival, former finance minister Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, led by 56.4 percent in the runoff held on June 14.

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