Afghan Preliminary Election Results Expected

Preliminary results from Afghanistan's presidential election are due to be announced, three weeks after the vote was held.

Earlier partial results put former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah ahead with 43.8% of votes cast, short of the 50% needed to avoid a run-off.

Final official results are due to be announced on 14 May after a period for adjudication of complaints.

Incumbent President Hamid Karzai is barred from standing for a third term. Eight candidates are vying to succeed him.

If none gains more than 50%, a second round between the two frontrunners is scheduled for 28 May.

Saturday's announcement will come two days after full preliminary results were expected to have been declared.


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