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President of Afghanistan

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Ashraf Ghani: President of Afghanistan
Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai is an Afghan politician who is serving as the President of Afghanistan, elected on 21 September 2014 and re-elected on 9 March 2020. An anthropologist by education, he previously served as Minister of Finance and the Chancellor of Kabul University.

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'It Did Not Work': Pompeo Unable To End Afghan Political Feud [Video]

'It Did Not Work': Pompeo Unable To End Afghan Political Feud

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday tried to rescue a U.S.-led effort to bring peace to Afghanistan. Pompeo met with Taliban officials at a Qatari military base after visiting Kabul. According..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:37Published
Afghans dismayed as both Ghani and Abdullah claim presidency [Video]

Afghans dismayed as both Ghani and Abdullah claim presidency

Both leaders hold ceremonies and form parallel governments, with Abdullah refusing to recognise Ghani's inauguration.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:22Published
Afghan President's swearing-in interrupted by rocket attack [Video]

Afghan President's swearing-in interrupted by rocket attack

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's swearing-in for a second term is interrupted by rocket fire. He kept his cool as the palace was rocked by explosions. Report by Barnesj. Like us on Facebook at..

Credit: ODN     Duration: 00:53Published
President Ghani rejects peace deal's prisoner swap with Taliban [Video]

President Ghani rejects peace deal's prisoner swap with Taliban

Government never committed to set free 5,000 Taliban prisoners as a precondition for talks with the group, says Ghani.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:48Published
Afghanistan's presidential election: Ashraf Ghani declared winner [Video]

Afghanistan's presidential election: Ashraf Ghani declared winner

Final result announced months after vote rejected by runner-up Abdullah Abdullah, who pledges to form parallel gov't.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 01:55Published
Ashraf Ghani declared winner of Afghan presidential poll [Video]

Ashraf Ghani declared winner of Afghan presidential poll

Afghanistan declared incumbent Ashraf Ghani the winner of a disputed presidential election on Tuesday, almost five months after voting took place in September. Emer McCarthy reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:11Published
U.S., Taliban reach truce that could lead to troop withdrawal [Video]

U.S., Taliban reach truce that could lead to troop withdrawal

The United States has reached an agreement with the Taliban on a week-long reduction of violence that could lead to U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, a senior administration official said on..

Credit: Reuters - Politics     Duration: 01:22Published
US and Taliban reach Afghanistan truce on sidelines of Munich security conference [Video]

US and Taliban reach Afghanistan truce on sidelines of Munich security conference

The truce came after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark Esper met in Munich with Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani. View on euronews

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 02:08Published

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U.S. to reduce Afghan aid by $1 billion after Pompeo fails to break impasse

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday announced a $1 billion cut in U.S. aid to Afghanistan after he failed to convince Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his political foe to end a feud that..
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Pompeo strives to salvage stalled Afghanistan peace effort

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sought on Monday to salvage a U.S.-led effort to bring peace to Afghanistan, meeting with Taliban officials at a Qatari military base after visiting Kabul to try to..
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Kabul, Taliban should begin prisoner releases as soon as possible: U.S. envoy

U.S. Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad said on Wednesday the coronavirus pandemic adds urgency to prisoner releases agreed by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's government and the Taliban and that they..
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Afghan government to release Taliban prisoners as U.N. backs push to end war

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is preparing to release 1,500 Taliban prisoners in coming days, according to a decree viewed by Reuters on Tuesday, as the United Nations backed a U.S.-led push to end..
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Exclusive: Afghan government to release 1,500 Taliban prisoners from jails - decree

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is set to release 1,500 Taliban prisoners in coming days to pave the way for direct talks with the insurgent group aimed at ending the 18-year-long war in Afghanistan,..
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Afghanistan electoral crisis delays naming of negotiating team: U.S.

The electoral dispute between Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and political rival Abdullah Abdullah has delayed the naming of a team to negotiate with the Taliban, the U.S. State Department said in a..
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Afghan President Ghani signs decree to release Taliban prisoners

Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani signed a decree to facilitate the release of some Taliban prisoners in Afghan jails, a spokesman for his office said on Wednesday.
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Afghanistan's 'Game of Thrones' jeopardizes peace process

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani was sworn in for a second term on Monday, but the ceremony was marred by a rocket attack and a rival held his own inauguration ceremony in an escalating political feud..
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Ghani sworn in as Afghan president, rival holds parallel inauguration

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani was sworn in for a second term on Monday but his main rival refused to recognize the inauguration and held his own swearing-in ceremony as a rival president.
Reuters - Published

Afghan president-elect delays inauguration amid talks to end stand-off

Afghan President-elect Ashraf Ghani on Monday delayed his planned inauguration until later in the day, after his rival postponed his scheduled competing swearing-in ceremony as their dispute over an..
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U.S. special envoy arrives at inauguration ceremony for Afghan President Ghani

U.S. Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad arrived at the presidential palace in Kabul on Monday afternoon ahead of an inauguration ceremony for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.
Reuters - Published

Afghan president-elect Ghani's inauguration ceremony pushed back to afternoon - spokesman

The inauguration ceremony for Afghan President-elect Ashraf Ghani will take place on Monday afternoon, his spokesman said on Twitter, pushed back from the morning as was originally planned.
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Afghan president to go ahead with inauguration despite rival's offer

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani will go ahead with his inauguration on Monday, a top aide said, despite an offer by his main political rival challenging him for the job to postpone his parallel..
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Afghan political rivals issue parallel invites for inauguration ceremonies

Abdullah Abdullah, the bitter rival of Afghanistan's president-elect Ashraf Ghani, has issued invitations to a parallel swearing-in ceremony due next week, his spokesman said on Saturday.
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Afghan president's rival threatens parallel inauguration after disputed election

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's main political rival said on Thursday the two sides were holding talks over a disputed presidential election result but that if no solution could be found, he would hold..
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Afghan political rivals divided over release of 5,000 Taliban prisoners

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's main political rival supports a Taliban demand for the release of thousands of their prisoners before they will take part in peace talks with the government, his..
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Afghan President Ghani rejects Taliban prisoner release under U.S. deal

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani rejected on Sunday a Taliban demand for the release of 5,000 prisoners as a condition for talks with Afghanistan's government and civilians, included in a deal between the..
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Afghanistan did not commit to release 5,000 Taliban, Ghani says

The government of Afghanistan has made no commitment to free 5,000 Taliban prisoners as stated in a pact signed between the United States and Taliban Islamic militants, President Ashraf Ghani said on..
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Afghan presidential palace cites coronavirus as cause for Ghani inauguration delay

Afghanistan’s presidential palace confirmed on Wednesday that a ceremony to swear in Ashraf Ghani as president has been delayed, but contradicted reasons cited a day earlier by the U.S. government..
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Afghan government agrees to postpone Ghani inauguration: U.S.

Afghanistan's government has agreed to postpone President Ashraf Ghani's inauguration to a second term, the United States said on Tuesday as it declined to recognize competing election victory claims..
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U.S. wants Afghan president to postpone planned inauguration

The United States wants Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to defer his second-term inauguration over concerns it could inflame an election feud with his political rival and jeopardize U.S.-led peacemaking..
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India congratulates Ashraf Ghani on his re-election as Afghan president


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U.S. special envoy discusses Taliban deal with re-elected Afghan president

U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday discussed a U.S. deal with Taliban militants on a weeklong reduction in violence, meeting the day after Ghani was..
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Ghani named winner of disputed Afghan poll, rival also claims victory

Afghanistan declared incumbent Ashraf Ghani winner of a disputed presidential election but his main rival rejected the result and vowed to form his own government, raising the threat of new turmoil..
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Ghani named winner of Afghanistan's disputed poll amid fears of new turmoil

Afghanistan declared incumbent Ashraf Ghani the winner of a disputed presidential election held almost five months ago, a result that could trigger new turmoil amid accusations of fraud and hopes of a..
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Ashraf Ghani declared winner of Afghan presidential poll

Afghanistan’s election body declared Ashraf Ghani the winner of the 2019 presidential poll on Tuesday, almost five months after voting took place.
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U.S. says talks with Taliban continue over specifics of reduction of violence

Talks between the United States and the Taliban in Doha continue over the specifics of a reduction in violence, a State Department spokesperson said on Tuesday, hours after Afghan President Ashraf..
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Afghan president says Pompeo reports progress in U.S.-Taliban talks

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said on Tuesday that he was told by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that "notable progress" has been made in talks between the United States and the Taliban on an..
Reuters - Published

Afghanistan President: Pakistan still shelters insurgents

Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani said on Thursday that Pakistan continued to give sanctuary to an insurgent group that helps the Taliban in its war against Kabul and the United States, directly..
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Trump says Taliban must curb violence for meaningful Afghanistan talks

U.S. President Donald Trump told Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani that there cannot be meaningful negotiations until the Taliban significantly reduces its violence, the White House said in a..
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PM congratulates Afghan President Ghani on his re-election


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Afghan election runoff likely amid thousands of complaints: officials

Afghanistan's Electoral Complaints Commission said on Monday the election might go to a second round as it begins reviewing thousands of complaints a day after the preliminary result handed incumbent..
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Afghanistan's Ghani claims narrow win in preliminary presidential vote results

Afghanistan's incumbent President Ashraf Ghani won a slim majority of votes in a Sept. 28 election, delayed preliminary results showed on Sunday, after a poll that plunged the country into political..
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Afghanistan's Ghani wins slim majority of presidential vote in preliminary results

Afghanistan's incumbent President, Ashraf Ghani, won a slim majority of votes in a Sept. 28 election, delayed preliminary results showed on Sunday, in a poll that plunged the country into political..
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Afghanistan bids farewell to slain Japanese physician

Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani and honour guards carried the coffin of Japanese doctor Tetsu Nakamura who was killed in a shooting in the eastern province of Nangarhar on November 5. Dr Nakamura..
IndiaTimes - Published

Nakamura's Assassination: India wanted to replicate his Japanese technique to Divert Water in Salma Dam

Salma dam or the Afghan India Friendship dam in western Herat Province was inaugurated by PM Modi along with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in 2016.
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U.S. peace envoy in Kabul for revival of talks

U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad arrived in Kabul on Wednesday in a bid to breath new life into efforts to end the war in Afghanistan, discussing with President Ashraf Ghani steps that could lead to..
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India, Afghanistan agree to extradite Pakistani terrorists

The extradition treaty was first signed in 2016 when President Ashraf Ghani visited India. The operationalisation of will enable India to extradite Pakistan-origin terrorists from banned groups who..
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Afghanistan's president claims victory over Islamic State

Security forces have "obliterated" Islamic State (IS) militants in Afghanistan, President Ashraf Ghani said on Tuesday, hours after a prisoner swap with Taliban insurgents raised hopes of a lull in..
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Afghanistan to swap Taliban militants for American, Australian captives

Afghanistan will release two senior Taliban commanders and a leader of the Haqqani militant group in exchange for an American and an Australian professor who were kidnapped in 2016, Afghan President..
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Afghan poll results may be delayed again as candidates spar over recount: officials

The result of the Afghan presidential election may be further delayed, two officials said, after the main challenger to incumbent Ashraf Ghani said on Sunday he would not agree to the addition of..
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Front-runners each claim victory in Afghan election

The front-runners for Afghanistan's presidency, incumbent Ashraf Ghani and chief executive Abdullah Abdullah, have both declared victory, echoing an election crisis five years ago when competing claims..
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Afghan journalist dies of wounds from blast at president's campaign office

An Afghan journalist died in hospital on Wednesday of wounds suffered from the bombing of President Ashraf Ghani's election campaign office in the southern city of Kandahar, a television station..
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Afghanistan braces for deadly attacks as Taliban vow to disrupt presidential election

A deadly suicide bombing this week near an election rally in central Afghanistan where President Ashraf Ghani was due to speak came as a sharp reminder of the risks to a ballot set for the end of next..
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Afghan president sees his chance after collapse of U.S.-Taliban talks

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had no more than 20 minutes to study a draft accord between the United States and the Taliban on pulling thousands of U.S. troops out of his country, but upcoming..
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Taliban attacks kill 48, Afghan leader unhurt as bomber targets rally

Taliban suicide bombers killed 48 people in two separate attacks in Afghanistan on Tuesday, the deadliest taking place near an election rally by President Ashraf Ghani, though he was unhurt.
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