Abdul Rahim Hatif

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Abdul Rahim Hatif
عبدالرحیم هاتف
President of Afghanistan
In office
16 April 1992 – 28 April 1992
Prime Minister Fazal Haq Khaliqyar
Preceded by Mohammad Najibullah
Succeeded by Sibghatullah Mojaddedi (acting)
Personal details
Born (1926-05-20)20 May 1926
Kandahar, Afghanistan
Died 19 August 2013(2013-08-19) (aged 87)
Alphen aan den Rijn, Netherlands
Political party None

Abdul Rahim Hatif (Pashto: عبدالرحیم هاتف‎; 20 May 1926 – 19 August 2013) was a politician in Afghanistan.[1] He served as one of the vice presidents during the last years of the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan.[2] He was born in Kandahar, Afghanistan.[3]


Hatif was one of the Vice Presidents of Mohammed Najibullah since the 1988 elections.[4] He served as the first vice president from July 1991 to April 1992.

Before the first fall of Kabul, he was the acting President of Afghanistan for two weeks in April 1992, after the resignation of President Najibullah, before the takeover of power by the Jamiat-e Islami.

Later life and death[edit]

Hatif went into exile after he was put out of power in 1992. He moved to the Netherlands, where he died on 19 August 2013.[5]


  1. ^ Clements, Frank (2003). Conflict in Afghanistan: a historical encyclopedia. ABC-CLIO. p. 102. ISBN 978-1-85109-402-8. 
  2. ^ https://hdl.handle.net/2027/osu.32435083449116
  3. ^ Organization of the Peoples Democratic Party of Afghanistan/Watan Party, Governments and Biographical Sketches 1982-1998, Volume 1, by S. Fida Yunas, pub University of Michigan, 1998.
  4. ^ "Whitaker's almanack 1991". Retrieved 12 December 2015. 
  5. ^ http://larawbar.net/37662.html
Political offices
Preceded by
Mohammad Hasan Sharq
Deputy Prime Minister of Afghanistan
1987 – May, 1990
Succeeded by
Abdul Qayyum Nurzai
Preceded by
Abdul Wahed Sorabi
First Vice President of Afghanistan
July 1991 - April 1992
Succeeded by
Abdul Rasul Sayyaf
Preceded by
Mohammad Najibullah
President of Afghanistan

Succeeded by
Sibghatullah Mojaddedi