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Abdullah's Team Rejoins Afghan Presidential Election Audit

An Afghan election worker cuts a security seal to unlock a ballot box before counting ballot papers during an audit of the presidential runoff in Kabul on August 3.

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah has rejoined an audit of election ballots, a day after negotiations with United Nations and Afghan election officials in Kabul.

Nur Mohammad Nur, a spokesman for the Independent Election Commission, said representatives from Abdullah's team were present during the vote recount on August 4.

Abdullah's team had refused to attend the recount on August 3 due to disagreements over how votes would be adjudged fraudulent or valid.

However, the UN announced an agreement had been reached with Abdullah later on August 3.

The audit of all 8 million votes in the June 14 presidential runoff was halted last month amid technical disagreements between the quarreling candidates.

Abdullah says massive fraud tilted the results of a preliminary vote count in favor of his rival, Ashraf Ghani.

With reporting by dpa