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UN Official Says 'Widespread' Fraud In Afghan Vote

KABUL -- The head of the U.N. mission in Afghanistan has acknowledged there was "widespread fraud" in the August presidential election but is giving no specifics so as not to interfere with an ongoing recount.

Norwegian diplomat Kai Eide was responding Sunday to allegations made by his former deputy Peter Galbraith that his boss sought to cover up fraud committed on behalf of President Hamid Karzai during the Aug. 20 balloting.

Eide told reporters at a news conference that any figures on the number of fraudulent votes would be speculative until the recount is complete.

He appeared alongside ambassadors from the U.S., Britain and France in a show of support for Eide and the U.N. mission, whose reputations have been tarnished by Galbraith's allegations.


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