Haji Mohammad Chamkani

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Haji Mohammad Chamkaniye
Chairman of the Presidium of the Revolutionary Council
In office
24 November 1986 – 30 September 1987
Prime Minister Sultan Ali Keshtmand
Preceded by Babrak Karmal
Succeeded by Mohammad Najibullah
Personal details
Born 1947
Political party Independent
Religion Sunni Islam

Haji Mohammad Chamkani is a politician from Afghanistan who held the post of interim President of Afghanistan during the period of the Soviet-backed Democratic Republic of Afghanistan. Previously, he served as Vice-President under Babrak Karmal's Government.[1] [2]

He reached the position after the resignation of Babrak Karmal.[1] A non-party member, a tribal leader with power and connections in key areas of provinces bordering Pakistan, his influence extended inside Pakistan as well. However, Mohammed Najibullah was in charge of the country, due to his powerful positions of Director of the KHAD and General Secretary of the People's Democratic Party of Afghanistan. It was during his term in office that the USSR indicated willingness to negotiate and remove some troops from Afghanistan. His term was also marked by the creation of a new Constitution.


  1. ^ a b "Afghan Tribal Leader Named Acting President." (24 November 1986). The New York Times. Section A.
  2. ^ Ed 2002 43rd, Taylor & Francis Group. The Europa World Year Book 2003. Google Books. Retrieved 2009-03-23. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Vice President of Afghanistan
Unknown - 1986
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Vice President of Afghanistan
1987 - 1990
Succeeded by
Sultan Ali Keshtmand
Preceded by
Babrak Karmal
President of Afghanistan
1986 – 1987
Succeeded by
Mohammad Najibullah