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Brother of former Afghan president supports Taliban, defends Ashraf Ghani fleeing country

Hashmat Ghani, the brother of Afghanistan’s deposed President Ashraf Ghani, says he has accepted the Taliban’s takeover of the country but has called for the formation of an inclusive government. In an interview from Kabul to Al-Jazeera, Ghani said acknowledging the new order in Kabul was a necessity “for the people of Afghanistan” at a […]

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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah sign power-sharing deal to end months-long stalemate

Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani and his rival Abdullah Abdullah have signed a power-sharing deal to end a months-long political stalemate — two months after both declared themselves the winner of last September’s presidential election. “The Political Agreement between President Ghani and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah has just been signed,” said Sediq Sediqqi, Ghani’s spokesman, on Twitter. […]

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Afghan President rejects prisoner release deal signed between U.S-Taliban

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani says his government has not pledged to free Taliban prisoners, as stated in a deal reached by the US and the militants. Under the landmark agreement signed on Saturday in Qatar, 5,000 Taliban would be released in exchange for up to 1,000 government detainees by 10 March. Less than 24 hours […]

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Presidential Elections Afghanistan: Ashraf Ghani declared winner amid mass rigging allegations

Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani has been declared the winner of last September’s election following delays due to allegations of vote-rigging. Mr Ghani was re-elected with 50.64%. His main rival Abdullah Abdullah came in second with 39.52%. Opponents of Mr Ghani said the vote on 28 September was marred by massive fraud and technical problems with […]