Abdullah for president

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Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah arrives for a news conference in Kabul June 15, 2014. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

LONDON (Reuters) – Abdullah Abdullah, the political leader who twice backed down from election disputes that plunged Afghanistan into crisis, said he had not ruled out standing again next year, and might agree to share power with his opponent. Abdullah narrowly lost presidential elections in 2009 and 2014 that he disputed as fraudulent. Both times, standoffs after the vote paralyzed the country for months and threatened to unravel a political system backed by thousands of US troops.

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