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Bildt in Afghanistan as Vote Rigging Claims Double

Published måndag 31 augusti 2009 kl 10.39

Sweden's Foreign Minister Carl Bildt has expressed his concerns about vote rigging in the Afghan election with more polling stations set to announce results on Monday.

With Sweden holding the European Union presidency, Bildt flew to Afghanistan on Sunday for talks with President Hamid Karzai who currently has 46.3 percent of the electoral vote and has already made claims of victory.

Before travelling on Sunday Sweden's Foreign Minister wrote in his blog;

"Now it is important that the election result that is coming forth is seen as somewhat legitimate in Afghanistan itself and that it can thereby provide a basis for political stability in the coming year at least."

An Independent Election Commission has been been releasing the results of the August 20 election piecemeal, with 35 percent of polling stations having announced results. Hamid Karzia needs 50 percent of the vote to declare himself the winner.

However, there have been many allegations of major fraud at the polls in recent days. Videos showing possible fraud have been posted on the internet with opposition candidates lodging complaints about what they say was widespread cheating.

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