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Karzai intends to quit after US troops pull out in 2014

June 16, 2011 - Washington

US Defense Secretary, Robert Gates has indicated that Afghan President Hamid Karzai will quit office by 2014.

Afghanistan's Constitution limits presidents to two terms. Karzai was first elected president in 2004. He won a second term as the president in 2009.

Gates, revealed Karzai's desire to leave the presidential office at a Senate Appropriations committee meeting, Politico reports.

The timing of Karzai's departure will coincide with a scheduled deadline for the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan. All security operations will be taken over by Afghanistan in 2014.


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