Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Karzai wins

Karzai wins:

Interim Afghan leader Hamid Karzai emerged with a clear victory as vote counting was completed in Afghanistan's first presidential election.

David Avery, the election's chief technical officer, said about 100 suspect ballot boxes were being examined.

But there were not enough votes at issue to affect the result.

With 98.4% of the estimated 8.2 million ballots counted, the website of the U.N.-Afghan election commission said Karzai had 55.5%, 39 points ahead of former Education Minister Younis Qanooni.

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