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Karzai Officially Declared Winner Of Afghan Election

3 November 2004 - A spokesman for the UN-Afghan Joint Electoral Management Body said today the Afghan Transitional Administration Chairman Hamid Karzai is the winner of the 9 October Afghan presidential election.

Sultan Baheen, a spokesman for the panel, said while there were some voting irregularities, they did not materially affect the outcome of the election.

He said Karzai won a little over 55 percent of the vote, obtaining the simple majority needed to avoid a runoff against his nearest rival.

The result will be officially certified later today.


[For more on the Afghan elections, see RFE/RL and Radio Free Afghanistan's dedicated "Afghanistan Votes 2004-05" webpage.]