Abdullah Open To Alternatives After Analysis Shows Karzai Forced Into A Runoff

KABUL, Afghanistan (CNN) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai's primary challenger said Monday he is prepared to participate in a runoff vote after a report concluded that Karzai did not win a majority, but he also is willing to consider alternatives.

"While I am prepared to go for a runoff, at the same time the door is open," former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah told CNN's Christiane Amanpour. "There are some practical questions ahead," he noted, citing winter, the security situation "and other realities on the ground."

Abdullah did not specify whether his openness to alternatives meant he would agree to participate in a power-sharing government or something else.

"I think, before getting too specific ... I need to get a mandate from my supporters," he said.

But, he added, his goal has always been "to bring changes to the country" rather than simply to get "one or two posts in the Cabinet."


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