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Afghan election recount under way

Vote officials have finally begun recounting a sample of suspect ballots in the Afghan presidential election.

Some 10% of votes cast in August are being audited, says the organisation investigating fraud in the poll.

The findings could be crucial to the result. The incumbent, Hamid Karzai, would face a second round run-off if support for him drops below 50%.

The UN says the recount process will take at least four days. A final result could come next week.

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