Karzai Foe Set to Pull Out of Afghan Runoff

Talks have broken down between Abdullah, president
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 30, 2009 8:42 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Talks between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and challenger Abdullah Abdullah have broken down, and Abdullah is likely to pull out of next week's presidential runoff, a person with knowledge of the talks said today. An announcement could come as early as Saturday but more likely Sunday, the person said.

Abdullah, who was once Karzai's foreign minister, put forward several conditions earlier this week for the Nov. 7 election to be credible, but intensive talks between the two candidates and their supporters over the past few days broke down today (Read more Abdullah Abdullah stories.)