UN says audit of Afghanistan's disputed election won't be done until Sept. 10

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KABUL, Afghanistan — The United Nations representative for Afghanistan says an audit of the country's presidential election should be completed around Sept. 10 and that the inauguration could happen after that.

The announcement by Jan Kubis came after a meeting with President Hamid Karzai on Thursday.

The United Nations has been helping supervise an audit of eight million ballots from the country's presidential election to see who will succeed Karzai.

Former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah and former Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai are both vying for the job in a fiercely contested race that has seen widespread allegations of fraud.

Karzai has been pushing for the new president to be inaugurated on Sept. 2, two days ahead of a NATO summit to be held in Wales.

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