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Monday 17th January 2022 / 14 Jamadilakhir 1443

Afghan President Ghani, Abdullah Abdullah reach power-sharing deal

KABUL: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and rival Abdullah Abdullah signed a power-sharing deal, ending a bitter months-long feud.
A spokesman for Ghani, Sediq Sediqqi wrote on Twitter, “Doctor Abdullah will lead the National Reconciliation High Commission and members of his team will be included in the cabinet.”
The breakthrough comes as Afghanistan battles a series of crises, including a rapid spread of the deadly COVID-19 and surging militant violence that saw dozens killed in brutal attacks last week.
Abdullah had previously served as Afghanistan´s “chief executive” under an earlier power-sharing contract, however, he lost that post after he was defeated in a presidential election that incumbent Ghani, a former World Bank economist, won in September amid claims of fraud.
Abdullah, an ophthalmologist, declared himself president and held his own swearing-in ceremony on March 9, the day Ghani was re-installed as president.
Today, the two rivals agreed on a new power-sharing agreement, which experts feel could assist pull Afghanistan out of the political crisis.
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