AP Interview: Afghan candidate says seeks unity

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Ahmad Yousuf Nouristani, chairman of the Independent Election Commission, speaks during a press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, April 13, 2014. Partial results released Sunday in Afghanistan’s crucial presidential election show a tight race between ex-foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah, with 41.9 percent of the vote, and former finance minister Ashraf Ghani, with 37.6 percent. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah says he has held talks with rival Zalmai Rassoul but that it is premature to discuss a possible alliance.

He told The Associated Press in an interview shortly after partial results were announced that he will seek a unity government. But he says his closest rival Ghani will not be part of it. He says

"Dr. Ghani could serve as a loyal opposition. That's also a service to the nation."