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Afghan run-off cancelled: commission sources

world Updated: Nov 02, 2009 17:50 IST
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Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission has decided a presidential run-off will not take place after the withdrawal of the only challenger to the incumbent Hamid Karzai, commission sources said Monday.

"It will not go to a run-off," one commission source told AFP ahead of a press conference where the announcement was expected to be confirmed.

Another source told AFP on condition of anonymity: "It has been decided that there will not be a run-off."

Karzai's rival, former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah, pulled out of the contest on Sunday, citing fears of a repeat of the fraud, which marred August's first round.

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