"We must have a second round," ... "If we don't do that, we'll be insulting democracy"--Hamid Karzai
Afghan officials canceled a runoff presidential vote set for Saturday and declared President Hamid Karzai the winner on Monday, a day after his remaining challenger, Abdullah Abdullah, withdrew.
The announcement capped a fraught election widely depicted as deeply flawed by corruption and voting irregularities.
Officials from the United States and United Nations welcomed the decision and congratulated Mr. Karzai.
Consider democracy insulted.