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Afghan President Karzai eyes active 'retirement'

Published on Jun 9, 2014 10:22 AM
 
Afghan President Hamid Karzai waves on his arrival at New Delhi airport on May 26, 2014. Mr Karzai is due to step down in the coming weeks after Saturday's run-off election, paving the way for Afghanistan's first democratic transfer of power. -- PHOTO: AFP

KABUL (AFP) - When outgoing Afghan leader Hamid Karzai moves out of the presidential palace post-elections to take up residence next door, he will be relinquishing power but not influence, as he seeks an active public role in his "retirement" years.

Mr Karzai is due to step down in the coming weeks after Saturday's run-off election, paving the way for Afghanistan's first democratic transfer of power.

The elections are meant to signal a fresh start for Afghanistan after the 13-year rule of Mr Karzai dominated by the US-led military intervention that followed the fall of the Taleban in 2001.

Mr Karzai's relations with the US have collapsed, his regime is accused of massive corruption, and the country is still beset by the Taleban insurgency as NATO troops pull out and aid money declines.

 
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