Afghan presidential election heads for a run-off in JuneThursday 15 May 2014 09.28
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.