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U.S. Warns Against Power Grab Over Election Dispute

July 8, 2014
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has warned that any attempt to seize power in Afghanistan "by extra-legal means" would cost the country its international aid. Kerry's warning came after preliminary results of presidential elections triggered a dispute between the two candidates.
In a statement , Kerry voiced "gravest concern" about reports of suggestions of a "parallel government" and said Washington expects Afghan electoral institutions to investigate "reasonable allegations of irregularities."
A spokesman for Abdullah Abdullah rejected the preliminary results as a "coup" and said Abdullah will announce plans for his own national government on July 8.
Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission (IEC) said on July 7 that preliminary results from the June 14 second round ballot show Ashraf Ghani with 56.44 percent of the vote compared to 43.56 percent for Abdullah