Preliminary results announced Tuesday gave Karzai 41 percent of the votes processed so far, a slight lead over abdullah.
His health is also poor, but he probably stands a good chance at becoming king when abdullah dies.
UPDATE: This article has been updated to clarify some details about the recordings allegedly made by abdullah and Jackson.
His own savings depleted, and dependent on family and friends for handouts, abdullah feeds his family little more than dry bread.
And over the next year, Prince abdullah spent about $7 million bankrolling Jackson's lifestyle in Manama.
abdullah was only too happy, and forthwith appeared outside, dressed in the very height of Arab fashion, and as gay as could be.
"I expect they will be here soon, at least some of them," said abdullah, the interpreter.
She could not stand the poky little lodgings, and she missed her servant abdullah more than words could tell.
abdullah is the color of night, and no one ever sees him approach or go away.
abdullah himself kept his house, and thus doubtfully concealed his vexation and alarm from his subjects.