Abdullah ahead in Afghanistan election race

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah. Credit: Reuters

New partial results in Afghanistan's presidential election show candidate Abdullah Abdullah is still the front-runner.

The chairman of Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission, Ahmad Yousuf Nouristani, announced the latest results today. They represent about half of the estimated 7 million ballots cast in the April 5 poll, though varying levels of votes have been counted in the country's 34 provinces.

The winner will replace Hamid Karzai, the only president the country has known since the 2001 US-led invasion ousted the Taliban, and will oversee a tumultuous period during which the US and Nato forces are expected to withdraw most of their troops from the country.