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NATO believes Karzai will win vote: report

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 countries with forces in Afghanistan have told the government of President Hamid Karzai Hamid Karzai (Persian and Pashto: حامد کرزي) (b. December 24, 1957) is the current President of Afghanistan, since December 7, 2004. He became the dominant political figure after the removal of the Taliban regime.  they believes he will be re-elected despite problems with the August 20 vote, the Washington Post reported Monday.

Washington and the NATO countries also told the Karzai administration that they will support the Afghan leader's policy of seeking to get Taliban fighters to defect, the Post reported, citing unnamed US officials.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other North Atlantic Treaty Organization North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), established under the North Atlantic Treaty (Apr. 4, 1949) by Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, and the United States.  foreign ministers reached "consensus" that Karzai would probably "continue to be president" at a Friday meeting in New York New York, state, United States
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 with Afghan Foreign Minister Rangin Dadfar Spanta Dr. Rangin Dadfar Spanta (born 1954 in Herat) is the foreign minister of Afghanistan.

He was appointed to that position by Hamid Karzai during a cabinet reshuffle on March 21, 2006 and approved by the 249-seat lower house on April 20, 2006.
, a US official told the newspaper.

Based on preliminary results, incumbent president Karzai has 54.6 percent of the votes declared valid, against 27.8 percent for ex-foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah. The result however will not be finalized until several electoral fraud investigations are resolved.

If a significant number of votes are invalidated, Karzai's score could edge below 50 percent, forcing him into a run-off vote with Abdullah.

The ministers on Friday agreed that Karzai would win either by maintaining his vote margin above 50 percent or in the runoff, the Post reported.

The administration of President Barack Obama is in an intense debate over whether to send in more troops to Afghanistan amid waning public support for the war, and an Afghan election marred by fraud allegations.

The report also comes amid news that the US commander in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, has asked for an additional 30,000-40,000 troops for the country.
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