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Afghan President Hamid Karzai relieved his term is winding down
Afghan President Hamid Karzai relieved his term is winding down

Six weeks before the Afghan election, at a meeting at the presidential palace, women's rights activist Sima Samar gently teased President Hamid Karzai about being a short-timer. Karzai suddenly grew emotional, Samar recalled. "To be honest, my sister, I am really counting down the days," he told her. "I am too tired. Every day that passes, my shoulders get lighter." If Karzai is relieved that his turbulent 13-year tenure is all but over, he isn't the only one. Constitutionally barred from seeking another term, the elegant man who once charmed the world and embodied the hope of his nation is leaving behind a government ravaged by corruption, an economy...

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