Afghan president

President of the
Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
Standard of the President
His Excellency
Residence Presidential Palace, Kabul, Afghanistan
Appointer Direct popular vote
Term length Five years, renewable once
Inaugural holder Mohammed Daoud Khan
Formation July 17, 1973 (first republic)
Website Office of the President

Afghanistan has only been a republic between 1973 and 1992 and from 2001 onwards. Before 1973, it was a monarchy that was governed by a variety of kings, emirs or shahs. From 1992 to 2001, during the civil war, the country was recognized as the Islamic State of Afghanistan and the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.


The constitution of Afghanistan grants the president wide powers over military and legislative affairs, with a relatively weak national parliament. These were a subject of considerable controversy when debated by the country's loya jirga in December 2003. However, they were seen by the interim administration and its Western backers as being essential to securing the stability of Afghanistan.

Latest election

e • d Summary of the 20 August 2009 Afghan presidential election results
Candidate Votes %
Hamid Karzai 2,283,907 49.67
Abdullah Abdullah 1,406,242 30.59
Ramazan Bashardost 481,072 10.46
Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai 135,106 2.94
Mirwais Yasini 47,511 1.03
Shahnawaz Tanai 29,648 0.64
Frozan Fana 21,512 0.47
Abdul Salam Rocketi 19,997 0.43
Habib Mangal 18,746 0.41
Motasim Billah Mazhabi 18,248 0.40
Abdul Latif Pedram 15,462 0.34
Mohammad Sarwar Ahmadzai 14,273 0.31
Sayed Jalal Karim 13,489 0.29
Shahla Atta 10,687 0.23
Mahbob-U-lah Koshani 10,255 0.22
Alhaj Abdul Ghafor Zori 9,286 0.20
Rahim Jan Shinzad 7,197 0.16
Zabih-U-llah Ghazi Noristani 6,284 0.14
Abdul Jabar Sabet 6,190 0.13
Mohammad Hashem Taufiqui 5,043 0.11
Bismillah Shir 4,550 0.10
Ghulam Faroq Nijrabi 4,528 0.10
Abdul Hasib Arian 4,472 0.10
Moin-ul-din Ulfati 3,518 0.08
Gul Ahmmad Yama 3,221 0.07
Ghulam Mohammad Rigi 3,180 0.07
Mohammad Akbar Oria 2,991 0.07
Bashir Ahmad Bizhan 2,457 0.05
Sangin Mohammad Rahmani 2,434 0.05
Hedayat Amin Arsala 2,346 0.05
Abdul Majid Samim 2,198 0.05
Zia-ul-haq Hafizi 1,679 0.04
Valid votes (turnout % and %) 4,597,727 100.00
Invalid votes 225,363 4.67
Total votes 4,823,090 100.00
Source: IEC

See also

External links

  • Presidency of Afghanistan - The official website of the Office of the President of Afghanistan.

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