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Abdullah claims victory in Afghan presidential vote

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah has declared he was the winner of last month's run-off vote, despite preliminary results showing that Ashraf Ghani won the June 14 second round.

Abdullah rejected the outcome, saying the process was "marred by widespread fraud".

A placard shows presidential candidate in Afghanistan, Abdullah Abdullah. He claims he is the winner of last month's run-off vote. Credit: PA

He has accused president Hamid Karzai, who is stepping down after 12 years in power, of helping rig the vote in favour of Ghani.

Thousands of Abdullah's supporters have gathered in Kabul with some claiming his camp should declare victory and form a parallel government.