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Karzai lead slightly narrows in Afghan vote: partial results

world Updated: Aug 31, 2009 20:54 IST

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Incumbent Hamid Karzai on Monday slightly narrowed his lead over his main rival in the race for the Afghan presidency in the latest partial results unveiled by the country's election commission.

Total results released so far come from around 47.8 per cent of polling stations used in Afghanistan's only second direct presidential election, which was held on August 20 and has been overshadowed by claims of massive fraud.

Karzai won 1.3 million votes and former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah 954,256, Daud Ali Najafi, a spokesman for the Independent Election Commission (IEC), told a news conference.

The figures give Karzai 45.8 per cent of votes announced and Abdullah 33.2 per cent, according to the IEC website.

Following previous results released on Saturday, the commission website handed Karzai a lead of 46.2 per cent and his main rival 31.4 per cent.