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No re-run of Afghan elections: Holbrooke

world Updated: Sep 11, 2009 14:13 IST
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Ruling out a re-run of elections in Afghanistan, a top US envoy has warned that a delay in resolving controversies regarding the key presidential polls would only strengthen the hands of Taliban and al-Qaeda.

Richard Holbrooke, who is President Barack Obama's special envoy for Af-Pak, said he felt that the counting process in Afghanistan is not going to be long drawn-out.

"Such a delay would only play into the hands of militants," he said while appearing for the 'NewsNight´ of the BBC Television where he conceded that the recently concluded polls were marred by allegations of fraud and rigging.

Despite the allegations, Holbrooke said that critics of the last month's Presidential elections should bot be jumped to conclusion and the independent election commission should be allowed to complete its vote count.

"A re-run of the election was not a viable option," the US envoy told BBC.

He said inspite of cries of malpractices; the electoral process in Afghanistan had to be supported by the international community. Holbrooke said US had been prepared for disputes over the polls.

Afghanistan's vote monitoring body yesterday ordered for the first time cancellation of ballots from 83 booths mostly in Pushtun dominated southern provinces including Kandahar.

So far, in the race for the President, the current incumbent Hamid Karzai is leading with 54 per cent of the share of the votes counted.

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