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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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Afghans say Taliban behind bloodshed, reject U.S. blame of Islamic State [Video]

Afghans say Taliban behind bloodshed, reject U.S. blame of Islamic State

Afghan officials on Friday blamed the Taliban for a bloody attack on a maternity hospital in the capital, Kabul, this week, rejecting a U.S. assertion that it was carried out by Islamic State..

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U.S. says Islamic State responsible for Kabul hospital attack [Video]

U.S. says Islamic State responsible for Kabul hospital attack

The United States has blamed Islamic State militants - not the Taliban - for a gruesome hospital attack in Afghanistan this week that killed two newborn babies. Joe Davies reports.

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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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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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Afghanistan: Rival leaders Ghani and Abdullah in power-sharing deal

Ashraf Ghani will stay on as president, while Abdullah Abdullah will lead talks with the Taliban.
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Afghan president, rival close in on power-sharing deal: sources

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, his rival in the disputed presidential election, are close to finalising a power-sharing deal to end a political stalemate in the war-torn nation,..
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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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Coronavirus: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani 'in isolation as staff infected'

Up to 40 members of Ashraf Ghani's staff test positive as the president self-isolates, say media reports.
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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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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 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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Taliban prisoner swap begins as part of Afghan peace talks

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani agrees to release 1,500 Taliban prisoners as negotiations begin.
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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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Islamic State claims rocket attack targeting Afghan inauguration: statement

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a rocket attack targeting the inauguration of Ashraf Ghani as Afghan president in Kabul on Monday, the group said in a statement on an affiliated Telegram..
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Factbox: Who is Afghanistan's self-appointed president, Abdullah Abdullah?

Abdullah Abdullah, a three-times presidential contender, held a parallel inauguration as his rival, Ashraf Ghani, was sworn in as president of Afghanistan on Monday.
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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

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