Aide: Abdullah close to quitting runoff

Aide: Abdullah close to quitting runoff

KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- The chief rival of Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai is close to quitting the presidential runoff election, an adviser says.
Abdullah said likely to boycott election

Abdullah said likely to boycott election

KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Abdullah Abdullah, Afghan President Hamid Karzai's opponent, likely will announce this weekend he will boycott the Nov. 7 runoff election, a source told CNN.

Where is Dick Holbrooke?

WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- As the Obama administration agonizes over Afghanistan and a flurry of insurgent attacks in neighboring Pakistan rocks that country, Special Envoy Richard Holbrooke has become, surprisingly, nearly invisible. When it came to convincing, cajoling or coercing Afghan President Hamid Karzai to accept the inevitability of a runoff election, who did the heavy lifting?
HARLAN ULLMAN, UPI Outside View Commentator

U.S. officials: CIA pays Karzai's brother

KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- The CIA makes regular payments to Afghan President Hamid Karzai's brother, Ahmed Wali Karzai, U.S. officials said.

Abdullah wants election chief out

KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- The challenger to Afghan President Hamid Karzai says the election commission chief should be removed to ensure a fair presidential runoff election next month.

Aides say Karzai confident of victory

KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai, a week after accepting a runoff election against rival Abdullah Abdullah, is confident he will win the contest, his aides said.

Abdullah rejects coalition government

KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Former Afghan Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah said he would rather be in opposition than a power-sharing arrangement with Hamid Karzai.

Karzai rejects power-sharing

KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai has no plans to offer a power-sharing government to his rival in the coming second-round election, a spokesman said Saturday.
Afghan runoff supplies being distributed

Afghan runoff supplies being distributed

KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- Election officials began distributing millions of ballots, tamper-proof ink and equipment across Afghanistan for the Nov. 7 presidential runoff election.

Time short for Afghan vote prep, NDI says

WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Transparency and national security are among the urgent needs for the runoff elections scheduled for Nov. 7 in Afghanistan, a monitoring group said.
Afghan president agrees to runoff election

Afghan president agrees to runoff election

KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai, downplaying fraud accusations in August's election, said he agreed to a runoff for the sake of democracy.
Kerry: Decide troop levels after election

Kerry: Decide troop levels after election

WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. John Kerry said Wednesday he'd advise President Obama to wait until after the Afghan presidential runoff before deciding about troop levels there.

Karzai calls for security in runoff

KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai called on the international community to take "every possible measure" to provide security for a runoff election Nov. 7.
Karzai's acceptance only first step

Karzai's acceptance only first step

KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai's acceptance of a presidential runoff didn't come easily but is still only the first step in a hard process, a U.S. official said.
Afghan election

Afghan election

KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- As the two principals accepted a presidential election runoff for next month, Afghan authorities fired many election officials.
By United Press International
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Hamid Karzai
Afghan President Hamid Karzai takes a question from a reporter in the East Room of the White House after meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington on May 12, 2010. UPI/Roger L. Wollenberg

Hamid Karzai, GCMG (Pashto: حامد کرزی, Ḥāmid Karzay; born 24 December 1957) is the 12th and current President of Afghanistan, taking office on 7 December 2004. He became a dominant political figure after the removal of the Taliban regime in late 2001. During the December 2001 International Conference on Afghanistan in Germany, Karzai was selected by prominent Afghan political figures to serve a six month term as Chairman of the Interim Administration.

He was then chosen for a two year term as Interim President during the 2002 loya jirga (grand assembly) that was held in Kabul, Afghanistan. After the 2004 presidential election, Karzai was declared winner and became President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. He won a second five-year-term in the 2009 presidential election.

Karzai was born on 24 December 1957 in the village of Karz, located on the edge of Kandahar City in southern Afghanistan. He is an ethnic Pashtun of the Popalzai tribe. His father, Abdul Ahad Karzai, served as the Deputy Speaker of the Parliament during the 1960s. His grandfather, Khair Mohammad Khan, had served in the 1919 Afghanistan's war of independence and as the Deputy Speaker of the Senate. Karzai's family were strong supporters of Zahir Shah, the last king of Afghanistan. His uncle, Habibullah Karzai, served as representative of Afghanistan at the UN and is said to have accompanied King Zahir Shah in the early 1960s to the United States for a special meeting with U.S. President John F. Kennedy.

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