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Afghan Challenger Drops Out Of Election

Afghan challenger Abdullah Abdullah says he will not participate in the Nov. 7 runoff presidential election after his demands for changes in the election commission were not met.

Presidential candidate and current President Hamid Karzai, right, greets his supportera during an election rally in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, July 24, 2009. Afghanistan's president shook hands and roused supporters Friday with promises to hold international troops more accountable during his first campaign rally in the capital (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

KABUL -- Afghan challenger Abdullah Abdullah says he will not participate in the Nov. 7 runoff presidential election after his demands for changes in the election commission were not met.

Abdullah denounced the commission for fraud in the first round ballot Aug. 20 and told supporters Sunday that he offered demands to ensure a fair vote this time.

But he says his proposals were rejected, so "I will not participate in the November 7 election."

He said a transparent election was not possible.


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