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Published: Sunday July 13, 2014 MYT 4:35:03 AM
Updated: Sunday July 13, 2014 MYT 4:36:39 AM

Karzai welcomes announcement of full Afghan election recount

KABUL (Reuters) - President Hamid Karzai has welcomed announcements by the two rival candidates in Afghanistan's presidential election that they will abide by the results of a U.N.-supervised recount of the poll to settle their dispute over the outcome.

"I welcome those announcements and I hope that the 100 percent audit of the votes will take place and start as soon as possible," Karzai told a news conference in the early hours of Sunday after talks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

Kerry said Karzai was "willing to stay the course" until a delayed inauguration for his successor could be held.

The two leading contenders, Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani, are in dispute over the outcome of their election run-off on June 14.

(Reporting by Maria Golovnina, Writing by Kevin Liffey in London)

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