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Afghan commission declares Karzai election victor


Presidential candidate and current President Hamid Karzai, right, greets his supportera during an election rally in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, July 24, 2009. Afghanistan's president shook hands and roused supporters Friday with promises to hold international troops more accountable during his first campaign rally in the capital (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

KABUL (AP) - Afghanistan's election commission has canceled Saturday's presidential runoff and proclaimed President Hamid Karzai victor of the war-ravaged nation's tumultuous ballot.

Independent Election Commission chairman Azizullah Lodin announced Karzai as the victor during a news conference in Kabul on Monday.

Karzai's challenger, former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah, dropped out of the race Sunday because he said the vote would not be free or fair following fraud-marred first round.

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