Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission on Tuesday ordered a runoff between President Hamid Karzai and former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah to take place Nov. 7, after an investigation found countrywide voter fraud.

After an investigation into allegations of fraud in Afghanistan's August presidential elections, a U.N.-backed election panel advised throwing out thousands of disputed votes, setting the stage for a possible runoff between the top two contenders.

As a U.N.-backed commission neared a decision Friday on allegations of fraud in Afghanistan's presidential vote, media reports indicated a runoff may be likely between President Hamid Karzai and second-place finisher Abdullah Abdullah.

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