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Former foreign minister frontrunner in Afghan presidential elections

Former foreign minister frontrunner in Afghan presidential elections

KABUL, Afghanistan, April 14 (UPI) -- Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission has named former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah as the frontrunner for the presidency.
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U.S. said to mull shifting Afghanistan exit plans

WASHINGTON, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- A frustrated White House may wait until Afghanistan has a new leader before working out a troop withdrawal and post-withdrawal troop presence, officials said.

Sixteen scratched from list of Afghan presidential candidates

KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Only 10 of 26 candidates have been found eligible to run in Afghanistan's presidential elections in 2014, say officials with the country's election commission.

Candidate registration begins for 2014 Afghan presidential election

KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- The independent election commission of Afghanistan began the candidate registration process Monday for next year's presidential election, officials said.

Negotiations move forward on U.S.-Afghan security agreement

WASHINGTON, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- U.S. and Afghan negotiators continue to craft an essential agreement on the status of U.S. forces post-2014.

Afghans prepping to take on more security

KABUL, Afghanistan, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- Afghan forces are prepping to lead in protecting more of the country, in line with assuming full responsibility by the end of 2014, President Hamid Karzai said.
Minister: War against Taliban winnable

Minister: War against Taliban winnable

KABUL, Afghanistan, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- The war against the Taliban is winnable and the fight against corruption in Afghanistan's government will be waged, Afghan Interior Minister Hanif Atmar says.

Afghan voters coerced at gunpoint -- Ghani

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Long shot Afghan presidential contender Ashraf Ghani joined his counterparts claiming widespread fraud and intimidation in the Thursday vote.

Ashraf Ghani touts his credentials

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- The debate performance of Afghan presidential contender Ashraf Ghani proves he is the best candidate to lead the country, the former finance minister said.
U.S. officials seeking Afghan 'CEO'

U.S. officials seeking Afghan 'CEO'

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- U.S. officials are exploring the idea of establishing a chief executive slot below Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, an Afghan source says.

Karzai drops out of presidential debate

KABUL, Afghanistan, July 23 (UPI) -- Incumbent Afghan President Hamid Karzai pulled out of a debate with his two closest rivals, though organizers say they will leave an empty podium on stage.

Afghan presidential contest tightens

KABUL, Afghanistan, July 14 (UPI) -- The main opposition candidates to Afghan President Hamid Karzai are gaining ground with early forecasts predicting a runoff for the August vote.

Kabul suicide attack shows Afghanistan becoming more like Iraq

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Wednesday's brazen series of deadly, coordinated suicide attacks in Kabul brought immediate comparisons with last year's three-day rampage by terrorists in Mumbai and highlighted the worsening security situation that the Obama administration has inherited in Afghanistan.
SHAUN WATERMAN, UPI Homeland and National Security Editor
Commentary: From riches to rags

Commentary: From riches to rags

WASHINGTON, May 5 (UPI) -- Between 40 and 60 nations are either sliding backward or have already collapsed. Globalization has spawned multiple uncertainties.
ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE, UPI Editor at Large

Ban still leads in succeeding Annan

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- In the third informal poll on the selection of a new Secretary-General, the U.N. Security Council voted in favor of South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon.
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Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai is the Chairman of the Institute of State Effectiveness, an organization set up in January 2005 to promote the ability of states to serve their citizens. As Afghanistan's finance minister between July 2002 and December 2004, he set the path for Afghanistan's attempted economic recovery after the collapse of the Taliban.

Commonly he is shortly referred to as Ashraf Ghani, since there is also another Afghan politician named Mohammad Sarwar Ahmadzai, who was also a candidate in the Afghan presidential election, 2009.

Dr. Ghani is also a member of the Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor, an independent initiative hosted by the UNDP. In the 2009 presidential elections, he was ranked third in the polls, behind the president Hamid Karzai and his main contender Dr. Abdullah Abdullah.

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