Afghan presidential candidates to sign power deal

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Afghan presidential candidates to sign power deal
Afghan President Hamid Karzai, left, and Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah attend a ceremony to mark the third anniversary of the assassination of former Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. In 2011, an insurgent with a bomb wrapped in his turban assassinated Rabbani, who was leading a government effort to broker peace with the Taliban. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The spokesman for Afghanistan’s president says that the nation’s two presidential candidates are set to sign a power-sharing deal nearly three months after a disputed runoff vote.

Presidential spokesman Aimal Faizi said Sunday that Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and Abdullah Abullah were set to sign a deal on the national unity government at noon local time ( 0730 GMT ).

The deal, agreed to in talks that began late Saturday, follows weeks of negotiations on a power-sharing arrangement following accusations of fraud in the June runoff vote.

The deal would be a victory for U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry , who first got the candidates to agree in principle to share power during a July visit to Afghanistan .



 

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