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Former FM Abdullah claims victory in Afghan poll

Former Afghan foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah has claimed victory in the country's presidential runoff, even though a preliminary result puts him in second place.

He spoke to his supporters in Kabul on Tuesday, one day after the election commission said former finance minister Ashraf Ghani is leading by more than 10 points.

Abdullah said he won't accept the result of a fraudulent vote. He suggested the possibility of creating his own government and asked his supporters to wait several days before he makes an important decision.

But he also said he doesn't want a crisis or civil war.

Abdullah won the most votes in the first round in April. He is accusing Ghani and the election commission of major vote-rigging in the runoff.
The commission has acknowledged that senior government officials were involved in voting fraud.

The final result will be announced after a panel examines ballots for vote-rigging. But the 2 candidates are unlikely to accept the outcome.

Jul. 8, 2014 - Updated 17:29 UTC