|Mr Karzai has passionately rejected charges of widespread irregularities, testing the patience of Western nations that were his key backers after the US-led military operation in 2001 that ousted the extremist Taliban. European Union observers said that a quarter of all votes, or 1.5 million ballots, were suspect.
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