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Ashraf Ghani

President of Afghanistan

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Ashraf Ghani: President of Afghanistan
Ashraf Ghani is an Afghan politician who is serving as the President of Afghanistan. He was first elected on 20 September 2014 and was re-elected in the 28 September 2019 presidential election. He was announced the winner after a protracted process in February 2020 and was sworn in for a second term 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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U.S. envoy meets Afghan president and former rival Abdullah in push for peace

The United States' special envoy for Afghanistan on Wednesday met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his former rival Abdullah Abdullah, to discuss progress towards a peace deal with the insurgent..
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India welcomes political agreement between Afghan President Ghani and Abdullah


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Afghan president and rival strike power-sharing deal after months of feuding

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his rival Abdullah Abdullah signed a power-sharing deal to end a months-long political stalemate, Ghani's spokesman said on Sunday, a step that could smooth efforts to..
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Pompeo welcomes Afghan power-sharing deal, chides leaders for lost time

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday welcomed a power-sharing deal to end a months-long political stalemate in Afghanistan, but chided President Ashraf Ghani and his rival Abdullah Abdullah..
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India welcomes peace deal on power sharing in Afghanistan

A peace deal has been signed between Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his rival Abdullah Abdullah that will allow power-sharing between the two.
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Afghan President Ghani and rival Abdullah sign power-sharing deal

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his rival Abdullah Abdullah signed a power-sharing deal to end a months-long political stalemate that has hampered progress towards peace, Ghani's spokesman said on..
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Afghan president orders troops to switch to 'offensive' stance after attacks

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said on Tuesday he was ordering the military to move to 'offensive mode', away from a defensive stance it had taken as part of efforts to reduce violence in the..
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Afghan rivals say they're close to ending leadership feud

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and rival Abdullah Abdullah are close to resolving a standoff over last year's disputed presidential election that has threatened a U.S.-brokered peace process, both sides..
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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.
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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.
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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..
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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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