25 Aug 2009

Afghan minister says Karzai won election

7:10 am on 25 August 2009

President Hamid Karzai convincingly won last week's presidential election in Afghanistan, according to Finance Minister Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal.

He says Mr Karzai won the vote in a single round, with about 68% of the vote.

Mr Zakhilwal says the president's vote included support across the country, including in the north, making the result impervious to a challenge of fraud in unstable areas in the south.

The results have been challenged by the opposition.