Ghani to Lead Afghanistan as Deal Paves Way for U.S. Pact

September 22, 2014 3:05 AM

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Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai will be Afghanistan’s second leader since the 2001 U.S. invasion after reaching a power-sharing deal with his rival, paving the way for American troops to stay in the country beyond this year.

Ghani, a 65-year-old former World Bank economist, was declared president after the second round of an election that began in April, Ahmad Yusuf Nuristani, chairman of the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan, told reporters in Kabul yesterday. Runner-up Abdullah Abdullah, 54, will be appoi...

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