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Ghani to Lead Afghanistan as Deal Paves Way for U.S. Pact

Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai will be Afghanistan’s second leader since the 2001 U.S. invasion after reaching a power-sharing deal with his rival, paving the way for American troops to stay in the country beyond this year.

Ghani, a 65-year-old former World Bank economist, was declared president, with runner-up Abdullah Abdullah, 54, taking a new chief executive officer position, Ahmad Yusuf Nuristani, chairman of the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan, told reporters in Kabul yesterday. He didn’t release the results of an audited vote count, a sign of lingering tension from the six-month, two-round election process.