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Afghan election officer quits, opens way for Abdullah to return to race

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MOHAMMAD ISMAIL

The head of Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission (IEC) secretariat, Zia-ul-Haq Amarkhil (C) leaves after a news conference in Kabul June 23, 2014. Amarkhil, a senior official of Afghanistan's IEC, stepped down on Monday amid allegations that he organised a fraudulent run-off vote, charges he denied. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

The head of Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission (IEC) secretariat, Zia-ul-Haq Amarkhil (C) leaves after a news conference in Kabul June 23, 2014. Amarkhil, a senior official of Afghanistan's IEC, stepped down on Monday amid allegations that he organised a fraudulent run-off vote, charges he denied. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail
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OMAR SOBHANI

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah speaks during a news conference in Kabul June 23, 2014. Zia-ul-Haq Amarkhil, a senior official of Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission (IEC) stepped down on Monday amid allegations that he organised a fraudulent run-off vote, charges he denied. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah speaks during a news conference in Kabul June 23, 2014. Zia-ul-Haq Amarkhil, a senior official of Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission (IEC) stepped down on Monday amid allegations that he organised a fraudulent run-off vote, charges he denied. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani
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MOHAMMAD ISMAIL

The head of Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission (IEC) secretariat, Zia-ul-Haq Amarkhil, speaks during a news conference in Kabul June 23, 2014. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

The head of Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission (IEC) secretariat, Zia-ul-Haq Amarkhil, speaks during a news conference in Kabul June 23, 2014. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail
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Afghan demonstrators burn their election ID cards during a protest in support of presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah in Herat province, June 22, 2014. REUTERS/Mohammad Shoib

Afghan demonstrators burn their election ID cards during a protest in support of presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah in Herat province, June 22, 2014. REUTERS/Mohammad Shoib
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An Afghan election worker checks a seal on a ballot box after voting closed at a polling station in Kabul June 14, 2014. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

An Afghan election worker checks a seal on a ballot box after voting closed at a polling station in Kabul June 14, 2014. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail
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