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Posted: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 11:52 am

KABUL, Afghanistan — An Afghan election official said Wednesday that national elections held last weekend were a success in terms of turnout and enthusiasm, but he cautioned that there may have been significant fraud.

Millions of Afghans voted for a new president and provincial councils on Saturday in what promises to be the country’s first democratic transfer of power. With eight candidates including three front-runners, it will be hard for anybody to gain a majority needed for an outright win, and most expect the top two vote-getters to face a runoff in late May.

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