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Q: Who is the President of Afghanistan? ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Who is the President of Afghanistan?
Category: Reference, Education and News > Current Events
Asked by: alphonse-ga
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Posted: 02 Jul 2002 05:41 PDT
Expires: 01 Aug 2002 05:41 PDT
Question ID: 35770
Please provide the full name and brief (100 words) bio for the current
President of Afghanistan.
Subject: Re: Who is the President of Afghanistan?
Answered By: till-ga on 02 Jul 2002 06:15 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
The name of the president of Afghanistan is Hamid Karzai. He is
considered as being the interim leader of Afghanistan.
Here are some biographical notes. As I don´t know what you´re
specially interested in I could not reduce it to only 100 words.

"Born: 1957
Birthplace: Afghanistan
Karzai was named to head an interim Afghan government on Dec. 5, 2001,
after eight days of discussions held in Bonn, Germany, between various
Afghan factions. He was chosen partly based on his modern political
skills and his traditional credentials. Karzai, who attended college
in India, speaks fluent English and enjoys strong support from the
West. He has also been embraced by a broad spectrum of factions in
Afghanistan, where ethnic and tribal identity dominates politics. An
ethnic Pashtun from the city of Kandahar, Karzai is leader of the
powerful 500,000-strong Populzai clan, which has supplied
Afghanistan's kings since 1747. Karzai is also a close ally of the
former king, Muhammad Zahir Shah. Even many Taliban supporters, most
of whom were ethnic Pashtun centered in Kandahar, found Karzai
preferable to Northern Alliance leaders who were ethnic Tajiks or
During the fight against the Soviet invasion of the 1980s, Karzai
provided money and arms to the mujahideen. He then served as deputy
foreign minister in the post-Soviet government of Burhanuddin Rabbani,
which was overthrown by the Taliban in 1996. At first a Taliban
supporter, Karzai gradually came to oppose their rigid policies and
distrust their connections to Pakistani intelligence and Arab Islamic
radicals. When the Taliban asked Karzai to serve as ambassador to the
United Nations, he refused. During the American-led campaign against
the Taliban in the fall 2001, Karzai was instrumental in convincing a
number of Pashtun tribes to end their support for the Taliban. In 1999
Karzai married a doctor named Zenat. They have no children. "
Afghanistans Who´s Who
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Another source:
"Mr. Karzai was selected to head the interim cabinet at a UN-sponsored
meeting last December.
He is a powerful Pashtun tribal leader from the Taleban's political
stronghold of Kandahar and a member of the same clan as the former
Afghan king, Zahir Shah. When the Taleban took power in the early
1990s, Mr Karzai initially supported them.
However, by late 1994 he had become suspicious of the movement,
fearing it had been infiltrated and was controlled by foreigners,
including Pakistanis and Arabs.
The assassination of his father, a former politician, in Peshawar two
years ago hardened his stance against the Taleban, who were widely
believed to have carried out the murder.
In the past week he accompanied former King Shah back to Afghanistan
after almost 30 years in exile in Italy. "
BBC News Talking Point

Another fundamental article on Mr. Kazai:
Hamid Karzai Moves From Lightweight To Heavyweight In Afghan Politics
in : Foreign Policiy in Focus.
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Search strategy & further reading:

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Category at
Home > Regional > Countries > Afghanistan > Government > Government
Officials > Karzai, Hamid
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You´ll find a lot more info at this category for  further

alphonse-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
For what I was looking ofr this is an excellent answer. I did not
expect to get references to other documents, which, though obvious now
that I have it, nonetheless is an added bonus for which I am happy to
pay so modest an amount. The speed of response is also very
impressive. The service is well designed. The service providers are,
on this basis, excellent and the system is extraodinarily convenient
and simple yo both join and use.
I became aware of service through a contribution to the BUSLIB
listserv, which provided the URL to it. You might like to talk to
Library of Congress about their (developing) 24 hour referral service,
in which they are linking up co-operating libraries and specialists
around the globe to provide a web-based, one stop answer shop. You
seem to have stolen a bit of a maarch on them, bit they would be
interested in comparing notes with your (Google's) experience.
Very many thanks again to Google and to Till-ga.

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