Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah defiantly told thousands of supporters Tuesday that he will declare victory in the country’s election, claiming massive fraud was responsible for preliminary results that put his rival in the lead. The United States warned both camps against trying to seize power, saying international financial and security support was at stake.
The turmoil came as violence escalated around the country. A suicide bomber struck Afghan and foreign forces near a clinic in the eastern province of Parwan, killing at least 16 people, including four Czech soldiers.
Abdullah said he received calls from President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, and he was told that Kerry would be flying to the Afghan capital on Friday in a bid to help defuse the crisis. CCTV’s Courtney Body reports.
Abdullah claims victory in Afghan electionOne of Afghanistan's presidential candidates is refusing to accept the results. Abdullah Abdullah says he "won" the recent runoff despite preliminary results showing former Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani as the winner. CCTV's Courtney Body reports.
It took years to organize Afghanistan’s presidential election. And now it is in danger of unraveling. The process is being condemned as an exercise in fraud. Former World Bank official Ashraf Ghani leads — according to preliminary results. CCTV’s Sean Callebs reports on Afghan elections and the transition of power.