President Obama today said he is "pleased with the steps that have been taken" in the disputed Afghanistan election, and said both candidates have expressed a willingness to abide by constitutional law.
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Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai today accepted a runoff election, scheduled for Nov. 7, against his main opponent Abdullah Abdullah. UN fraud investigators have thrown out a third of Karzai's votes, citing apparent fraud.
Obama, speaking to reporters today after meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, said "President Karzai as well as the other candidates, I think, have shown that they have the interests of the Afghan people at heart."
He also thanked Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry, Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) and the U.S. military for their work in getting the Afghanistan elections sorted out.
"This has been a difficult election," Obama said, because of "violent forces opposed to democracy." But, he said, "we've seen elections take place" and there is a "path forward."
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