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Key Afghan Minister to Back Karzai Rival

Afghanistan’s foreign minister broke with the country’s interim president, Hamid Karzai, on Wednesday and said he would back a fellow member of the government who is challenging Karzai in the election on Oct. 9. In his first public comments since a government rift developed this week, Foreign Minister Abdullah said he would support the candidacy of Education Minister Yonus Qanooni. On Monday, Karzai said Defense Minister Mohammed Fahim would not remain on the ballot as his running mate for first vice president. Opposing the move against Fahim, Qanooni resigned, allowing him to run against Karzai. “I was part of that decision for the nomination of Minister Qanooni,” Abdullah said in an interview. “I will support Mr. Qanooni.” Abdullah said he would remain as foreign minister until the election, just as Fahim will continue at defense.Full Story

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