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Karzai Likely to Face Runoff Election, "Furious" Over Report

BBC is reporting that the Electoral Complaints Commission (EEC) will report that Afghan President Hamid Karzai did not receive enough votes to avoid a runoff election. Initial election results gave Mr. Karzai 55% of the votes while his nearest rival, Abdullah Abdullah, received 28%. The Independent Election Commission, to which the EEC will submit its report, is controlled by Karzai supporters and has indicated that it will not accept these findings.

The United States recently announced that they will delay a decision on troop escalation until after the report has been submitted. White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel has suggested that any augmentation of troop levels may be dependent upon the legitimacy of the Afghan government. Mr. Karzai’s regime has been fraught with accusations of corruption by international observers over the last year.

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