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Afghan election recount begins

KABUL (AP) -- They're recounting the votes today in Afghanistan.

A senior official says he expects to announce late next week whether President Hamid Karzai won the disputed Aug. 20 election or will face a runoff with his main rival.

A U.N.-backed commission ordered a partial recount from about 10 percent of the country's polling stations after allegations of widespread fraud in the vote. The balloting was supposed to install a legitimate government to confront the growing Taliban threat.

However, vote-rigging allegations have plunged Afghanistan into an electoral crisis at a time when Taliban militants are expanding from their southern strongholds into the north and west of the country.

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