President of Afghanistan

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President of the
Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
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Incumbent
Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai

since 29 September 2014
Style His Excellency
Residence Presidential Palace, Kabul, Afghanistan
Appointer Direct popular vote
Term length Five years, renewable once
Inaugural holder Mohammed Daoud Khan
Formation July 17, 1973 (first republic)
Website Office of the President
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This article is part of a series on the
politics and government of
Afghanistan
Foreign relations

Afghanistan has only been a republic between 1973 and 1992 and from 2001 onwards. Before 1973, it was a monarchy that was governed by a variety of kings, emirs or shahs. From 1992 to 2001, during the civil war, the country was recognized as the Islamic State of Afghanistan and the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.

Powers[edit]

The Constitution of Afghanistan grants the president wide powers over military and legislative affairs, with a relatively weak national bicameral national assembly, the Wolesi Jirga (House of the People) and Meshrano Jirga (House of Elders). The Presidents can only serve up to two five-year terms. Hamid Karzai started his first five-year term in 2004.[1] After his second term ended in 2014, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai was chosen as the next president.

Latest election[edit]

Candidate Nominating party First round Second round (final result)
Votes % Votes %
Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai Independent 2,084,547 31.56 4,485,888 56.44
Abdullah Abdullah National Coalition 2,972,141 45.00 3,461,639 43.56
Zalmai Rassoul Independent 750,997 11.37
Abdul Rasul Sayyaf Islamic Dawa 465,207 7.04
Qutbuddin Hilal Independent 181,827 2.75
Gul Agha Sherzai Independent 103,636 1.57
Mohammad Daud Sultanzoy Independent 30,685 0.46
Hedayat Amin Arsala Independent 15,506 0.23
Invalid/blank votes
Total 6,604,546 100 7,947,527 100
Registered votes/turnout
Source: IEC IEC

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Meshrano Jirga". Government of Afghanistan. Archived from the original on 2009-02-08. Retrieved 2009-07-15. The Meshrano Jirga of the National Assembly of Afghanistan consists of 102 members. Two-thirds were elected indirectly through Provincial Councils (one-third representing the Provincial Councils and one-third representing the District Councils) and one-third were appointed by the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. 

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