List of heads of state of Afghanistan

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The following is a list of heads of state of Afghanistan since the establishment of the first Afghan state, the Hotak Empire, in 1709.

The Hotak Empire was formed after a successful uprising led by Mirwais Hotak and other Afghan tribal chiefs from Kandahar against Mughal and Persian rule.[1][2][3]

After a long series of wars, the Hotak Empire was eventually replaced by the Durrani Afghan Empire that was founded by Ahmad Shah Durrani in 1747.[4][5]

After the collapse of the Durrani Empire in 1823, the Barakzai dynasty founded the Emirate of Afghanistan (transformed into the Kingdom of Afghanistan in 1926) and ruled Afghanistan until 1973, when the last King Mohammed Zahir Shah was deposed in a coup d'état, led by his first cousin Mohammed Daoud Khan. Daoud then established the Republic of Afghanistan, which lasted until the Saur Revolution in 1978.

Since 1978, Afghanistan has been in a state of continuous internal warfare and foreign interventions.

The former president Hamid Karzai became the first ever democratically elected head of state of Afghanistan on 7 December 2004. The current president is Ashraf Ghani, since 29 September 2014.

List of heads of state[edit]

(Dates in italics indicate de facto continuation of office)

Royal heads of state[edit]

Name Birth–Death Reign start Reign end Dynasty
Hotak Empire (1709–1738)
Mirwais Hotak No image.svg 1673–1715 1709 1715 Hotak
Emir
Abdul Aziz Hotak No image.svg Died 1717 1715 1717 Hotak
Emir; Brother of Mirwais Hotak
Mahmud Hotak SHAH-MAHMUD-HOTAK.jpg 1697–1725 1717 22 April 1725 Hotak
Emir; Son of Mirwais Hotak
Ashraf Hotak Ashraf Shah Hotaki 1725-1729.jpg Died 1730 22 April 1725 1730 Hotak
Emir; Nephew of Mirwais Hotak
Hussain Hotak Shah-Husain-Hotak.jpg Died 1738 22 April 1725 24 March 1738 Hotak
Emir; Nephew of Mirwais Hotak
Durrani Empire (1747–1823)
Ahmad Shah Durrani Ahmad Shah Baba.JPG 1722–1772 October 1747 16 October 1772 Durrani
Emir
Timur Shah Durrani Temur-Shah.jpg 1748–1793 16 October 1772 18 May 1793 Durrani
Emir; Son of Ahmad Shah Durrani
Zaman Shah Durrani Shah-Zaman-Khan.jpg 1770–1844 18 May 1793 25 July 1801 Durrani
Emir; Son of Timur Shah Durrani; Deposed
Mahmud Shah Durrani Mahmud Shah Durrani.jpg 1769–1829 25 July 1801 13 July 1803 Durrani
Emir; Son of Timur Shah Durrani; Deposed
Shuja Shah Durrani Shah Shujah of Afghanistan.jpg 1785–1842 13 July 1803 3 May 1809 Durrani
Emir; Son of Timur Shah Durrani; First Reign; Deposed
Mahmud Shah Durrani
(1769–1829)
Mahmud Shah Durrani.jpg 3 May 1809 1818 Durrani
Emir; Son of Timur Shah Durrani; Deposed
Ali Shah Durrani No image.svg 1818 1819 Durrani
Emir; Son of Timur Shah Durrani; Deposed
Ayub Shah Durrani No image.svg Died 1837 1819 1823 Durrani
Emir; Son of Timur Shah Durrani; Deposed
Emirate of Afghanistan (1823–1926)
Dost Mohammad Khan Dost Mohammad Khan of Afghanistan.jpg 1793–1863 1823 2 August 1839 Barakzai
Emir; Son of Sardar Payendah Khan; First Reign; Exiled
Shuja Shah Durrani Shah Shujah of Afghanistan.jpg 1785–1842 7 August 1839 5 April 1842 Durrani
Emir; Son of Timur Shah Durrani; Second Reign; Assassinated
Wazir Akbar Khan Lithograph of Akbar Khan in 1842.jpg 1816–1845 5 April 1842 1845 Barakzai
Emir; Son of Dost Mohammad Khan
Dost Mohammad Khan Dost Mohammad Khan of Afghanistan.jpg 1793–1863 1845 9 June 1863 Barakzai
Emir; Son of Sardar Payendah Khan; Second Reign
Sher Ali Khan Sher Ali Khan of Afghanistan in 1869.jpg 1825–1879 9 June 1863 1865 Barakzai
Emir; Son of Dost Mohammad Khan; First Reign; Deposed
Mohammad Afzal Khan Amir-Muhammad-Afzal-Khan.jpg 1811–1867 1865 7 October 1867 Barakzai
Emir; Son of Dost Mohammad Khan
Mohammad Azam Khan Amir-Muhamad-Azam-Khan.jpg Died 1868 7 October 1867 21 February 1868 Barakzai
Emir; Son of Dost Mohammad Khan
Sher Ali Khan Sher Ali Khan of Afghanistan in 1869.jpg 1825–1879 7 October 1868 21 February 1879 Barakzai
Emir; Son of Dost Mohammad Khan; Second Reign
Ayub Khan MohammadAyoubKhan.jpg 1857–1914 12 October 1879 31 May 1880 Barakzai
Emir; Son of Sher Ali Khan; Deposed
Abdur Rahman Khan Abdur rahman.jpg 1840/1844–1901 31 May 1880 1 October 1901 Barakzai
Emir; Son of Mohammad Afzal Khan
Habibullah Khan Habibullah.jpg 1872–1919 1 October 1901 20 February 1919 Barakzai
Emir; Son of Abdur Rahman Khan; Assassinated
Nasrullah Khan Nasrullah Khan.png 1874–1920 20 February 1919 28 February 1919 Barakzai
Emir; Son of Abdur Rahman Khan; Deposed
Amanullah Khan King Amanullah Khan.jpg 1892–1960 28 February 1919 9 June 1926 Barakzai
Emir; Son of Habibullah Khan
Kingdom of Afghanistan (1926–1973)
Amanullah Khan King Amanullah Khan.jpg 1892–1960 9 June 1926 14 January 1929 Barakzai
King; Son of Habibullah Khan; Deposed
Inayatullah Khan King Inayatullah Khan of Afghanistan.jpg 1888–1946 14 January 1929 17 January 1929 Barakzai
King; Son of Habibullah Khan; Deposed
Habibullāh Kalakāni Habibullah Kalakani of Afghanistan.jpg 1891–1929 17 January 1929 16 October 1929 Non-Dynastic
King; Deposed
Mohammed Nadir Shah Nadir Khan of Afghanistan.jpg 1883–1933 16 October 1929 8 November 1933 Barakzai
King; Grandnephew of Dost Mohammed Khan; Assassinated
Mohammed Zahir Shah King Zahir Shah of Afghanistan in 1963.jpg 1914–2007 8 November 1933 17 July 1973 Barakzai
King; Son of Mohammed Nadir Shah; Deposed

Non-Royal heads of state[edit]

Name Birth–Death Took office Left office Political Affiliation
Republic of Afghanistan (1973–1978)
Mohammed Daoud Khan Mohammed-Daoud-Khan.jpg 1909–1978 17 July 1973 28 April 1978 Independent
(until 1976)
National Revolutionary Party
President; Member of the Barakzai dynasty (first cousin of Mohammed Zahir Shah); Assassinated
Democratic Republic of Afghanistan (1978–1987)
Abdul Qadir No image.svg 1944–2014 28 April 1978 30 April 1978 People's Democratic Party
(Khalq faction)
Chairman of the Presidium of the Military Revolutionary Council
Nur Muhammad Taraki Nur Muhammad Taraki.JPG 1917–1979 30 April 1978 14 September 1979 People's Democratic Party
(Khalq faction)
Chairman of the Presidium of the Revolutionary Council; Assassinated
Hafizullah Amin Hafizullah Amin.jpg 1929–1979 14 September 1979 27 December 1979 People's Democratic Party
(Khalq faction)
Chairman of the Presidium of the Revolutionary Council; Assassinated
Babrak Karmal No image.svg 1929–1996 27 December 1979 24 November 1986 People's Democratic Party
(Parcham faction)
Chairman of the Presidium of the Revolutionary Council; Dismissed
Haji Mohammad Chamkani No image.svg 1947–2012 24 November 1986 30 September 1987 Independent
Chairman of the Presidium of the Revolutionary Council
Mohammad Najibullah No image.svg 1947–1996 30 September 1987 30 November 1987 People's Democratic Party
(Parcham faction)
Chairman of the Presidium of the Revolutionary Council
Republic of Afghanistan (1987–1992)
Mohammad Najibullah No image.svg 1947–1996 30 November 1987 16 April 1992 People's Democratic Party
(Parcham faction)
(until 1990)
Homeland Party
President; Resigned
Abdul Rahim Hatif No image.svg 1926–2013 16 April 1992 28 April 1992 Homeland Party
Acting President; Deposed
Islamic State of Afghanistan (1992–1996)
Sibghatullah Mojaddedi Sibghatullah Mojaddedi of Afghanistan in 2009.jpg 1926– 28 April 1992 28 June 1992 National Liberation Front
President; Resigned
Burhanuddin Rabbani Burhanuddin Rabbani Cropped DVIDS.jpg 1940–2011 28 June 1992 27 September 1996 Jamiat-e Islami
President; Deposed
Northern Alliance of Afghanistan (1996–2001)
Burhanuddin Rabbani Burhanuddin Rabbani Cropped DVIDS.jpg 1940–2011 27 September 1996 13 November 2001 Jamiat-e Islami
President; The Northern Alliance remained the internationally recognized government, despite only controlling about 10% of Afghan territory
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (1996–2001)
Mohammed Omar No image.svg 1950/1962–2013 27 September 1996 13 November 2001 Taliban
Emir, Head of the Supreme Council and Commander of the Faithful; The Islamic Emirate never attained widespread international recognition, despite controlling about 90% of Afghan territory; Deposed
Interim/Transitional Administration (2001–2004)
Burhanuddin Rabbani Burhanuddin Rabbani Cropped DVIDS.jpg 1940–2011 13 November 2001 22 December 2001 Jamiat-e Islami
Acting President
Hamid Karzai Hamid Karzai 2004-06-14.jpg 1957– 22 December 2001 7 December 2004 Independent
President of the Interim Administration until 29 June 2002; President of the Transitional Administration from 29 June 2002
Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (2004–present)
Hamid Karzai Hamid Karzai 2004-06-14.jpg 1957– 7 December 2004 29 September 2014 Independent
President; First democratically elected head of state
Ashraf Ghani Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai July 2014 (cropped).jpg 1949– 29 September 2014 Incumbent Independent
President; First peaceful transfer of power

Standards of heads of state[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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