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KABUL (Pajhwok): Following negotiations lasting at least two weeks, presidential runner Abdul Qayum Karzai on Thursday formally announced his withdrawal from the race to support Zalmai Rassoul.
Speaking at a press conference in Kabul, the President Karzai’s older brother said he and Rassoul, a former foreign minister, would jointly work as part of their electoral alliance to win the landmark presidential elections slated for April 5.
He said the decision to join forces was to protect national interests and achieve economic development for the country.

ALALABAD/KABUL (Pajhwok): Hundreds of people attended campaign rallies organised in support of presidential candidates Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and Gul Agha Sherzai in eastern Laghman and the central capital Kabul on Thursday.
Participants of the rally in Laghman voiced support to Ahmadzai, a former finance minister. A campaigner for Ahmadzai, Haji Noor Mohammad, told the gathering the people of Laghman considered it an honour to support Ahmadzai, the world’s second top thinker.

LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Leading presidential runner Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on Wednesday said he would take serious steps to bring about peace and stability to Afghanistan if elected as president in the April elections.
Addressing a rally of thousands of people in Lashkargah, Ghani said he was ready to render any sacrifice for peace and security.
“Trust me, my leadership will represent the people and there will be no favoritism. All responsibilities will be bestowed on professional individuals.”

KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): Islamic scholars in southeastern Khost province on Thursday said women had the right to take part in the ongoing election process.

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Presidential candidate Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Tuesday promised to rebuild Nangarhar’s canal system and construct mega hydropower dams on Kunar and Kama rivers.
Abdullah, who finished second behind President Hamid Karzai in the 2009 elections, told his first-ever campaign rally in in Jalalabad he would initiate work on small hydropower plants along the slopes of Spin Ghar mountain.

KABUL (Pajhwok): The Islamic Party, led by Azizullah Din Mohammad, on Monday pledged support to front-line presidential runner Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai.
President Hamid Karzai’s campaign manager in the previous election, Din Mohammad hailed Ahmadzai as a competent leader who could steer the country out of problems.
Addressing a public gathering in Kabul, he asked the candidate to work for strengthening peace, introducing the Islamic system protecting Afghanistan’s territorial integrity.

BAMYAN CITY (Pajhwok): Presidential candidate Gul Agha Sherzai, who arrived in central Bamyan province in connection with his election campaign, on Sunday promised asphalting 50 kilometres of roads in the province.
Addressing a gathering arranged by Hezb-i-Wahdat Milli Islami party in Bamyan City, the former Nangarhar governor also promised the construction of industrial parks, vocational schools, development of the tourism industry and electricity projects.

KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Milli Tehreek (national movement) Party led by Ismail Yun on Saturday announced its support to presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai.
In a statement, the party said it had been assessing programmes and agendas of the 11 candidates since the announcement of the final candidate list to see which one of them matched the movement’s policies.
The party wanted to swing behind a candidate, who had the passion and ability to promote and preserve the national values--- humanity, Afghan code of life and Islam.

KABUL/MAIMANA (Pajhwok): The Ismaili community on Thursday organised a rally in Kabul, pledging support to leading presidential candidate Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, who also mustered such backing in northern Faryab province.
Hundreds of the Ismaili community members attended the rally organised under the aegis of Paiwand Milli Party of Afghanistan.
The participants said they supported Ahmadzai for his clear agenda and programmes, which they believed could guarantee a better future for Afghanistan.

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