Two candidates in the widely disputed Afghan presidential elections, Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, have signed a unity deal, officials confirmed. The deal will end long-standing tensions over the election results.
The deal signed at Kabul’s presidential palace will see Ashraf Ghani replace the current Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Abdullah will have the newly created post of chief executive, akin to a prime minister.
“I am very happy today that both of my brothers, Dr. Ashraf Ghani and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, in an Afghan agreement for the benefit of this country, for the progress and development of this country, agreed on the structure affirming the new government of Afghanistan,” Karzai said after the signing.