AP Interview: Afghan candidate says seeks unity

AMIR SHAH KAY JOHNSON Associated Press Published:

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."