Afghan presidential election heads for a run-off in June

Thursday 15 May 2014 09.28
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Abdullah Abdullah is ahead after the first round of voting
Abdullah Abdullah is ahead after the first round of voting
Ashraf Ghani is a former economist at the World Bank
Ashraf Ghani is a former economist at the World Bank

The Afghan presidential election is heading for a second round run-off between former opposition leader Abdullah Abdullah and ex-World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani.

The final results issued today showed no candidate had won an absolute majority.

Mr Abdullah took the lead with 45% of votes, followed by Mr Ghani with 31.6%, the Independent Election Commission said.

Former foreign minister Zalmai Rassoul was widely seen as Afghan President Hamid Karzai's favourite.

However, he finished a distant third with 11.4% and has since joined Mr Abdullah's camp.

Mr Karzai was constitutionally barred from standing for a third term.