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Afghan election results to be announced Thursday

By Masoud Popalzai, CNN
updated 10:43 AM EDT, Wed May 14, 2014
An Afghan poll worker notes the serial numbers of sealed ballot boxes in Kabul. An Afghan poll worker notes the serial numbers of sealed ballot boxes in Kabul.
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The former foreign minister is in the lead, preliminary counts say
  • The winner needs 50% plus 1 or there will be a runoff
  • The results are expected to be issued at 11 a.m. Thursday

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- The final results of Afghanistan's presidential elections will be announced Thursday, the country's election commission said Wednesday.

The first round took place April 5.

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Preliminary vote counts show that former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah leads and is followed by former finance minister Ashraf Ghani.

If neither candidate earns 50% plus 1 vote, there will be a run-off between those leading candidates.

The results were going to be released Wednesday, but there was a delay because a final decision had not been made over fraud complaints. The results are expected to be issued around 11 a.m. Thursday.

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