Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai is new Afghan President


The election commission of Afghanistan has named Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai as the winner of the country’s presidential poll. The panel, however, did not release final vote figures. The commission’s announcement came hours after Ghani Ahmadzai signed a power sharing agreement with opponent Abdullah Abdullah, who will fill the newly-created position of government chief executive. The decision underscores the fear of potential violence despite the deal. Ahmadzai and Abdullah Abdullah earlier signed the national unity government deal as President Hamid Karzai — in power since the 2001 US-led invasion ousted the Taliban — looked on. The deal creates the new role of chief executive for Abdullah following weeks of negotiations on a power-sharing arrangement after accusations of fraud in the June run-off vote.