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Deal reached over Afghan recount

The body investigating Afghan election fraud claims will allow just a sample of votes to be recounted from polling stations with reported irregularities.

The move by the UN-backed Election Complaints Commission is aimed at speeding up the recount.

Its says the sampling process will still give an accurate picture from the 3,000 affected polling stations.

Afghan election officials had warned that recounting all the votes could take weeks.

The recount could result in a second round run-off if President Hamid Karzai's share of the vote falls below 50%.

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