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November 1, 2009 5:35 PM

Challenger's pullout leaves Afghan government of dubious legitimacy

The withdrawal of challenger Abdullah Abdullah from Afghanistan's presidential runoff leaves a major question about the legitimacy of President Hamid Karzai, who is certain to continue in power for five more years. U.S. officials say they will demand that Karzai address the alleged rampant corruption that plagues his government.

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