Ashraf Ghani

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Ashraf Ghani
اشرف غنی
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President of Afghanistan
In office
29 September 2014 – 16 August 2021
In exile since 15 August 2021
Vice PresidentAbdul Rashid Dostum
Preceded byHamid Karzai
Succeeded byHibatullah Akhundzada (Emir)
Amrullah Saleh (acting)
Chancellor of Kabul University
In office
22 December 2004 – 21 December 2008
Preceded byHabibullah Habib
Succeeded byHamidullah Amin
Minister of Finance
In office
2 June 2002 – 14 December 2004
Preceded byHedayat Amin Arsala
Succeeded byAnwar ul-Haq Ahady
Personal details
Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai

(1949-02-12) February 12, 1949 (age 72)
Logar, Afghanistan
Political partyIndependent
Spouse(s)Rula Ghani
Alma materAmerican University of Beirut
Columbia University

Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai (Pashto: اشرف غني‎, Persian: اشرف غنی‎, born February 12, 1949) was the President of Afghanistan. He was elected as the President of Afghanistan on 21 September 2014. He resigned on 15 August 2021 after going into exile when the Taliban captured Kabul and the Afghan government collapsed.

Life[change | change source]

Ghani was born on February 12, 1949.[1][2] On May 2, 2008, he made his first book, called Fixing Failed States: A Framework for Rebuilding a Fractured World.[3] In 2011, he made another book, titled Afghanistan: A Lexicon Ashraf Ghani[4]

Exile[change | change source]

On 15 August 2021, Afghan officials said that Ghani had left the presidential palace that morning, and went to the US embassy[5] and from there he left Afghanistan as the Taliban entered Kabul.[6][7][8]

A few days after Kabul's fall, the Taliban were in talks with former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah to form a government.[9] Ghani supports these talks and said he would go back to Afghanistan to meet with the Taliban.[9]

References[change | change source]

  5. Trofimov, Yaroslav (August 15, 2021). "Taliban Take Over Kabul as Afghan President Flees Country". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved August 15, 2021.
  6. Seir, Ahmad; Faiez, Rahim; Akhgar, Tameem; Gambrell, Jon (15 August 2021). "Afghan president Ashraf Ghani has left the country as Taliban move on Kabul". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 15 August 2021.
  7. Batchelor, Tom (15 August 2021). "Afghan president Ashraf Ghani flees capital Kabul for Tajikistan as Taliban enter city". The Independent. Retrieved 15 August 2021.
  8. "Taliban enter Afghan capital, official says President Ghani has left for Tajikistan". Reuters. 15 August 2021. Retrieved 15 August 2021.
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Ghani says he backs talks as Taliban meet with Karzai, Abdullah". New Age | The Most Popular Outspoken English Daily in Bangladesh. Retrieved 18 August 2021.

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