Kerry pushes for a deal in second day of talks on Afghan vote crisis




 
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Kerry pushes for a deal in second day of talks on Afghan vote crisis
 
July 12th, 2014  
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Kerry pushes for a deal in second day of talks on Afghan vote crisis
By Lesley Wroughton and Maria Golovnina KABUL (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry scrambled to produce a deal by the end of Saturday to end Afghanistan's election crisis, meeting for the second day with the country's two presidential candidates and incumbent President Hamid Karzai. The deadlock over the June 14 election run-off between the leading contenders, Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani, has raised concerns in Washington about a smooth transition of power in Afghanistan just as U.S. troops are withdrawing. Kerry and his aides met throughout the night, following talks on Friday with both Abdullah and Ghani, as well as with Karzai and U.N. special envoy to Afghanistan Jan Kubis.




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