Afghan election foes agree to abide by vote audit

Afghan election foes agree to abide by vote audit

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announces a deal to settle the vote counting dispute over the nation's presidential runoff. (Source: CNN) U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announces a deal to settle the vote counting dispute over the nation's presidential runoff. (Source: CNN)
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KABUL, AFGHANISTAN (CNN) - The two Afghan presidential candidates involved in a dispute over election results appeared on Saturday with John Kerry.

They announced the results of two days of talks over the dispute.

Both candidates have agreed to a thorough audit of the votes, including every ballot that was cast.

The audit is expected to take several weeks.

Both Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah have agreed that the winner declared in the end will immediately serve as president, and form a government of national unity.

“Both candidates have committed to participate in and abide by the results of the largest most comprehensible possible audit,” Kerry said on Saturday. “Every single ballot that was cast will be audited, 100 percent. All 8 million. This is the strongest possible signal by both candidates of a desire to restore legitimacy to the process and to Afghan democracy.”

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