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New Afghan leader Ashraf Ghani's transformation and winning strategy
New Afghan leader Ashraf Ghani's transformation and winning strategy

With his Ivy League pedigree and professorial air, Ashraf Ghani long seemed ill-suited to the rough-and-tumble politics of his native Afghanistan, especially after a quarter-century as an academic in the United States. After a disastrous presidential run five years ago, Ghani remade himself into a candidate who could win. He selected as his running mate a notorious militia leader who guaranteed a key voting bloc. He swapped his business suits for traditional attire and began using his tribal last name. The changes worked: Ghani was sworn in Monday as Afghanistan's president, but he will need all his skills to lead the country into a post-American era. A divisive election, budget...

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