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Asia Crisis

Partial results show Karzai winning in 1st round

KABUL, Sept 8 (Reuters) - Partial results issued on Tuesday for last month's Afghan presidential election gave incumbent Hamid Karzai 54.1 percent of the vote, the first time he has had enough votes to win in a single round without a run-off.

The results, announced by the Independent Election Commission with 91.6 percent of polling stations tallied, gave Karzai's main rival Abdullah Abdullah 28.3 percent of the vote. The commission said it had set aside results from 600 polling stations where it suspects irregularities.

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