Former opposition leader ahead in Afghan election

Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission said initial results based on 10 percent of the vote from 26 out of 34 provinces showed former opposition leader Abdullah Abdullah in the lead with 41.9 percent.

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Partial results in Afghan election show tight race

Election officials hold a ballot paper during the vote counting process at a polling station in Kabul April. Credit: Reuters\Tim Wimborne

Former opposition leader Abdullah Abdullah is in the lead in Afghanistan's elections.

The country's Independent Election Commission said initial results based on 10 per cent of votes from 26 out of 34 provinces showed Mr Abdullah in the lead with 41.9 percent of the vote.

In second place was Western-leaning academic Ashraf Ghani with 37.6 percent of the vote, the IEC said, while a third candidate, running with the backing of two of President Hamid Karzai's brothers, trailed far behind with 9.8 percent.

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