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Afghan polls not possible in April: election body

Presidential polls in Afghanistan can't be held next month as demanded by President Hamid Karzai, the elections commission said on Wednesday, with August 20 to remain the polling day as the body originally set.

world Updated: Mar 04, 2009 15:54 IST

Presidential polls in Afghanistan can't be held next month as demanded by President Hamid Karzai, the elections commission said on Wednesday, with August 20 to remain the polling day as the body originally set.

Karzai at the weekend called for the poll to be moved forward to April to comply with the constitution, a move seen as stirring up political turmoil at a time of increasing threat from a Taliban insurgency. The United States, Afghan opposition groups and rival presidential contenders all back the August date.