Afghanistan's chief electoral officer resigns

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Afghanistan's chief electoral officer has resigned in a bid to resolve a political crisis over allegations of massive fraud in the runoff presidential vote earlier this month, AP reported.

Zia ul-Haq Amarkhail told reporters Monday that he denies any involvement in fraud but he is stepping down "for the national interest."

One of the two candidates, Abdullah Abdullah has said his campaign monitors had recorded ballot box stuffing and other irregularities. He suspended cooperation with the vote counting process and demanded Amarkhail be suspended. The crisis has threatened what Western officials had hoped would be a peaceful transfer of authority.

President Hamid Karzai is constitutionally barred from seeking a third term.

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