KABUL, Afghanistan

As Afghans gravely grappled with the fallouts of troubled presidential polls, foreign government officials have stepped-up efforts for an eventual settlement of the electoral impasse.

Weeks since the Sep. 28 election, the evidently overstretched election commission is yet to deliver preliminary results as candidates flex muscles amid the exchange of bitter allegations of fraud, irregularities and abuse of power.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo — Kabul’s biggest financial and military backer — on Monday phoned presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah – the power-sharing Chief Executive to incumbent President Ashraf Ghani.

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