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Power Sharing Deal Signed in Afghanistan; Ashraf Ghani the Next President
Sep 23, 2014

Rival presidential candidates in Afghanistan, Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani, have ended three months of political deadlock by signing a power-sharing agreement that paves the way for the installation of a new president on 21 September. The short ceremony was hosted by the outgoing president, Hamid Karzai.

According to the four-page deal, the winner of the election, Ashraf Ghani, will be President. The runner-up, Abdullah –or someone he appoints– will become Chief Executive Officer. The president will run the cabinet and be in charge of strategic functions, while the chief executive will be in charge of daily duties. He will also chair the new council of ministers.

Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah signed the national unity government deal. The deal creates the new role of chief executive for Abdullah following weeks of negotiations on a power-sharing arrangement after accusations of fraud in the June run-off vote. 

Allegations of massive fraud in the June 14 presidential runoff vote sparked a political crisis as both candidates claimed victory. Abdullah believes he won the first round of the election back in April with more than 50 percent of the vote, which would have precluded a run-off. But the official results showed him winning about 45 percent of that vote in a crowded presidential field of 10, not quite enough for an outright victory. He also believes he won a June run-off with Ghani. But official totals show Ghani with about 55 percent of the vote.

Now, The Independent Election Commission declares Ashraf Ghani as the president, and thus announces the end of election process.

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