Abdullah, Ghani go through to run-off Afghan vote - preliminary result

by Reuters
Saturday, 26 April 2014 14:23 GMT

KABUL, April 26 (Reuters) - The Afghanistan election is set to go to a second round run-off between former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah and ex-World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani after none of the candidates won an absolute majority, preliminary results showed on Saturday.

Abdullah finished top with 44.9 percent, followed by Ghani with 31.5 percent, the Independent Election Commission said. Zalmay Rassoul was a distant third with 11.5 percent. Final results are due May 14, and a run-off would take place at the end of May. (Reporting by Jeremy Laurence and Mirwais Harooni; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)