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Afghan rivals sign deal on unity government
Afghan rivals sign deal on unity government

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 transfer of power ever in Afghanistan, and 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. Details of the agreement were not immediately disclosed, but according to a draft seen by The Times before the signing, it calls for the creation of a chief...

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