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Abdullah expected to withdraw from Afghan election

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The dragged-out presidential election that was scheduled to culminate in a Nov. 7 runoff may be over sooner than expected. 

Current President Hamid Karzai would begin a new five-year term if principal opponent Abdullah Abdullah boycotted the election as officials suggest he plans to do, The New York Times said.

Karzai's victory in August was deemed invalid by a United Nations-supported panel that threw out close to one third of his votes, which came in part from illegitimate "ghost-voters," The Washington Post said.

The prospect of the old Afghan administration continuing in power after such a controversial election process adds pressure to President Barack Obama's deliberations on deploying more troops to Afghanistan.

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