US strug­gles to re­solve Afghan elec­tion cri­sis

The Covington News - - WORLD -

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The United States strug­gled Fri­day to find a path out of a pres­i­den­tial elec­tion cri­sis in Afghanistan that has jeop­ar­dized chances for a demo­cratic trans­fer of power, a cen­tral plank of Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s strat­egy to leave be­hind a sta­ble state af­ter the with­drawal of most U.S. troops at year’s end.

Sec­re­tary of State John Kerry held a series of backto-back meet­ings in Kabul that went into the night, grap­pling for a plan ac­cept­able to all that would al­low the United Na­tions to au­dit ex­ten­sive fraud al­le­ga­tions in last month’s runoff vote.

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