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Sep 28, 2014

Military vehicle bombed in Afghan capital day before presidential swearing-in

KABUL (Reuters) – A bomb hit a military vehicle in the diplomatic quarter of the Afghan capital on Sunday, wounding one person a day before the inauguration of a new president expected to be attended by foreign dignitaries.

Police said no one killed by the magnetic bomb, which was attached to a military truck in Zanbaq Square, near the vast presidential palace compound and several embassies.

Sep 28, 2014
Sep 25, 2014

Afghan election runner-up quells fear of unrest, promises co-operation

KABUL (Reuters) – The runner-up in Afghanistan’s disputed election, Abdullah Abdullah, on Thursday congratulated his rival, Ashraf Ghani, on becoming president, seeking to quell fears of unrest after the two agreed to share power.

In his first public address since former fiance minister Ghani was declared the winner on Sunday, Abdullah, a former foreign minister, told his supporters he had to accept a deal to avoid violence for the sake of the people.

Sep 25, 2014
Sep 23, 2014

Afghanistan’s Karzai criticizes US, Pakistan in farewell speech

KABUL (Reuters) – Outgoing President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday blamed the United States for Afghanistan’s long war in a final swipe at the country that helped bring him to power 13 years ago but towards which he has become increasingly bitter.

His farewell speech came days ahead of the swearing in of a new president, Ashraf Ghani, after months of turmoil over a disputed election that ended in a power-sharing deal, yet to be tested, with rival Abdullah Abdullah who will fill the role of chief executive.

Sep 22, 2014

Afghans ask if it was worth risk after election results suppressed

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghans risked their lives to vote in an election supposed to mark the country’s first democratic transfer of power. More than 50 people were killed during the run-off ballot alone.

Yet the outcome of the second round more than three months ago has been kept a secret, and power between the two candidates was carved up behind closed doors and announced at the weekend.

Sep 22, 2014

Taliban reject Afghan unity government pact as U.S. ‘sham’

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan’s Taliban militants on Monday decried a pact by rival election candidates to form a government of national unity as a “sham” orchestrated by the United States and unacceptable to the Afghan people.

Former finance minister Ashraf Ghani was named president-elect on Sunday after he signed a deal to share power with his opponent, former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah, ending months of turmoil that has destabilized the country as most foreign troops prepare to leave.

Sep 21, 2014

Ghani named Afghan president-elect after deal to end election dispute

KABUL, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Former finance minister Ashraf
Ghani was named Afghanistan’s president-elect on Sunday after he
signed a deal to share power with his opponent, ending months of
turmoil over a disputed election that destabilised the nation as
most foreign troops prepare to leave.

The announcement withheld the final election numbers,
apparently as part of the political deal between Ghani and rival
Abdullah Abdullah, a former foreign minister who claimed the
process was rigged against him.

    • About Hamid

      "Began my media career with Japanese TV (NHK) ten years ago in Islamabad where I had moved following the civil war in Afghanistan. I returned to Kabul in early 2002 and later joined Reuters as a correspondent. I cover the insurgency, the politics, and Afghan society from across the country."
      Joined Reuters:
      2007
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