An Afghan presidential candidate today made veiled threats of civil war as he claimed election results had been distorted by voter fraud.
Abdullah Abdullah told thousands of supporters at a rally in Kabul he had been called by both Barack Obama and John Kerry after he refused to accept the preliminary results.
Although he asked supporters for a few days to negotiate, there were fears that Mr Abdullah could ignore the result and declare victory, something he hinted at during his speech…
Also: Kerry warns against illegal power grab in Afghanistan: (Reuters) – Secretary of State John Kerry warned Afghanistan on Tuesday that any attempt to take power illegally following a disputed presidential election run-off would cost it U.S. support.
“I have noted reports of protests in Afghanistan and of suggestions of a ‘parallel government’ with the gravest concern,” he said in a statement issued by the U.S. embassy in Kabul.