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Afghan vote called credible

November 11, 2009|Times Wire Reports

The U.N. General Assembly has declared that Afghanistan's presidential election was both credible and sound, despite allegations of widespread fraud that led critics to question the vote's legitimacy.

In a unanimously adopted resolution, the 192-nation assembly also urged the government of reelected Afghan President Hamid Karzai to press ahead with "strengthening of the rule of law and democratic processes, the fight against corruption [and] the acceleration of justice sector reform."

The fraud reported during the election and his chief rival's refusal to take part in a runoff have damaged Karzai's credibility at the start of his second term. But the U.N. assembly raised no doubts about Karzai's mandate.

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