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Kerry: US to cut Afghan aid if candidate 'grabs' power

Financial and military aid to Afghanistan would be cut if any party tries to seize power illegally, US Secretary of State John Kerry has said.

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

US Secretary of State John Kerry has threatened to cut aid to Afghanistan if any party tries to seize power illegally. Credit: Reuters

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

“I have noted reports of protests in Afghanistan and of suggestions of a ‘parallel government’ with the gravest concern,” said Mr Kerry in a statement during a trip to Asia.