Afghan president and rival strike deal to share power after months of hatred

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KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his rival Abdullah Abdullah signed a power-sharing agreement to end a months-long political standoff, the Ghani spokesman said on Sunday, a step taken. efforts can be made to end long-term wars.

Abdullah argued over the outcome of an election in September and announced the creation of a parallel government earlier this year, undermining Ghani's administration at a time when the United States was trying to advance the peace process. peace with the Taliban to end the 19-year Afghanistan war. .

Today is a historic day for our dear Afghanistan. Afghans have demonstrated that they are committed to their national interests with a shared mind, Mitch Ghani said during the signing ceremony.

In the coming days, we hope that with solidarity and cooperation, we will be able to provide the foundation for a lasting ceasefire and peace, he added.

Discussions of final attachment points including the allocation of a number of important articles were conducted throughout the day, the three sources said.

Abdullah wanted to control a large portfolio such as finance or foreign affairs, and while Ghani did not agree with this, he could bring control of the interior ministry, sources said just before Agreement was signed.

It is unclear which ministries each farm will control after the deal is signed.

Washington was disappointed by the growing impasse between the two, even after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Kabul in …

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