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Afghan rivals sign deal on unity government ending standoff
Afghan rivals sign deal on unity government ending standoff

Afghanistan’s election rivals signed an agreement Sunday forming a unity government with former finance minister Ashraf Ghani as president, ending a months-long standoff over a disputed runoff vote. The brief signing ceremony at the presidential palace in Kabul paved the way for the first democratic transition of power ever in Afghanistan, and for the resignation of President Hamid Karzai after 13 years in power. It also marked a victory for the Obama administration, which had cajoled Ghani and rival Abdullah Abdullah to accept the U.S.-backed compromise after more than two months of difficult negotiations and an intense diplomatic effort by Secretary of State John F. Kerry. ...

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