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Obama hails Afghan 2nd round polls

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US President Barack Obama yesterday welcomed President Hamid Karzai's agreement to hold a second round of voting in Afghanistan's disputed election as an important precedent for Afghan democracy.
"I welcome President Karzai's statement today accepting the Independent Electoral Commission's certification of the August 20 election results, and agreeing to participate in a second round of the election," Obama said.
"This is an important step forward in ensuring a credible process for the Afghan people which results in a government that reflects their will," Obama said in a written statement.
The United States and its allies had been imposing intense pressure on Karzai to agree to a second election, or to frame a national unity government, after massive fraud tainted the first round of voting.

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