Abdullah, 2009 runner-up, enters Afghan presidential vote

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Abdullah Abdullah enters Afghan presidential race

Abdullah Abdullah, the suave former foreign minister who came second in Afghanistan's fraud-tainted 2009 election, on Tuesday entered next year's presidential race as the deadline for nominations loomed.

Abdullah pulled out of a second-round run-off in 2009 after collecting about 30 percent of the vote, allowing President Hamid Karzai to retain power in an election that was badly marred by cheating and violence. "We will make sure that the people of Afghanistan have a fair election," Abdullah said as he arrived at the Independent Election Commission offices in Kabul and registered for the poll.AFP

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