KABUL, July 11 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Afghanistan on Friday to meet both presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah and his rival Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai to help find a way out of the election deadlock in the country, local media reported.
"Secretary of State John Kerry is in Afghanistan to meet with both presidential candidates and help resolve the election crisis, "Tolo television reported.
Both Abdullah and his rival Ghani Ahmadzai are claiming to be the winner of presidential runoff held on June 14.
In the preliminary results of the June 14 presidential runoff announced by election commission last Monday, Abdullah garnered 43. 56 percent of more than 8 million votes while Ghani Ahmadzai secured 56.44 percent.
However, Abdullah who bagged 45 percent of some 7 million votes in April 5 presidential elections against Ghani Ahmadzai who secured 31.6 percent has accused the election commission of siding with Ghani Ahmadzai, saying any decision of the election body is unacceptable unless and until clean votes are filtered from fake ones.
Although officials here have yet to make comment on Kerry's mission, local media reported that the U.S. Secretary of State during his stay in Afghanistan would also call on President Hamid Karzai to exchange view on finding a solution to the ongoing election deadlock.
Both the Afghan president and the election commission have set Aug. 2 as the date for transferring power to the new president. However, Abdullah has warned he would announce his own government if his demands are overlooked.
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