News of a runoff election in Afghanistan is regarded as crucial to helping restore legitimacy to the government, but will the new vote be marred by the same allegations of fraud as before? The Obama administration's top State Department official for the region, Richard Holbrooke, is predicting a major improvement from the previous election. "It is reasonable to hope that there will be less irregularities this time for several reasons," Holbrooke told the Associated Press, citing fewer candidates, improved fraud detection, and better security. Holbrooke also denied a rift between he and President Hamid Karzai, saying that "I have absolutely no problems with him. And it's as simple as that."