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Friday, 05 October 2012 - 14:34
Afghan President Karzai pledges to stand down in 2014
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai pledged that he would step down as required by the constitution at the end of his second term in 2014 and that nothing would prevent presidential elections being held.

The election coincides with the scheduled withdrawal of NATO forces from Afghanistan and questions have been raised about whether the security situation could make it impossible for the vote to go ahead.

But the Western-backed Karzai, who has been the only elected head of state in Afghanistan since the 2001 US-led invasion brought down the Taliban, said no security reasons would prevent the elections.

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