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Former Afghan defence minister drops out of presidential race

Published on Mar 16, 2014 9:57 PM
 
Afghanistan's former defence minister, Abdul Rahim Wardak, became on Sunday, March 16, 2014, the second candidate to drop out of a presidential election race, with his departure possibly helping consolidate support for a candidate favoured by outgoing President Hamid Karzai. -- PHOTO: AFP

KABUL (REUTERS) - Afghanistan's former defence minister became on Sunday the second candidate to drop out of a presidential election race, with his departure possibly helping consolidate support for a candidate favoured by outgoing President Hamid Karzai.

Mr Rahim Wardak was not considered a front runner in the April 5 election and he did not throw his support behind any other candidate.

"We can confirm that Rahim Wardak resigned from elections as a presidential candidate and will not run," his spokesman, Mr Sayed Baqer Kazimi, told Reuters.

"It was his personal decision. He will not support any other candidates. If there are any changes we will inform the people of Afghanistan."

 
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