Kai Eide: UN Official Defends Afghanistan Election Despite Widespread Fraud

03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Laura King Los Angeles Times

Days before the outcome of Afghanistan's contentious presidential vote was expected to be announced, the head of the United Nations mission in the country acknowledged Sunday that widespread electoral fraud had occurred.

But the official, Kai Eide, strongly contested allegations by his former deputy that he had engaged in a cover-up of vote-rigging by supporters of President Hamid Karzai.

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