One of Hamid Karzai’s main rivals for the presidential race has pulled out of the contest, clearing the way for the Afghan leader to seal another five year term.
Gul Agha Sherzai, a popular governor in the eastern Nangarhar Province, had been in talks to head up a broad opposition coalition ticket with two vice presidential candidates that would span ethnic lines.
Opponents of the president have been meeting privately to try and field a unified slate but it appears that defections have left the opposition in disarray.
Earlier this month one of the main leaders of Afghanistan’s second largest ethnic group, the Tajiks, threw his support behind Karzai – further boosting his chance of re-election in August.
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