Power-sharing talks between Afghan presidential candidates fail

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In Afghanistan, the talks on power-sharing between rival presidential candidates Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani have collapsed.

One of Abdullah's vice presidential running mates said that the two sides could not agree on the powers of the chief executive. He added that the political process is now at a stalemate and they don't see any way out. Under the terms of the deal agreed during US Secretary of State John Kerry's visit in July, the chief executive would share control with the president over some key decisions. The other candidate, Ashraf Ghani has said the language of the document signed during Kerry's visit was ambiguous. The breakdown in negotiations comes days after Abdullah's team walked out of a UN audit of votes, saying they were dissatisfied with the way that fraudulent votes were being handled.

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