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Ex-rival's support boosts Abdullah in Afghan election

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Afghan election front-runner Abdullah Abdullah received a major boost to his presidential campaign on Sunday with the endorsement of third-placed Zalmai Rassoul, a close ally of the current leader. 

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah speaks during a press conference at his residence in Kabul on April 27, 2014

Rassoul was seen as the favoured candidate of outgoing President Hamid Karzai, and his support for Abdullah could be influential in deal-making to choose Afghanistan's next leader as US-led troops withdraw from the country.

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