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Karzai Elected Afghan Leader
Associated Press 6/13/2002

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Hamid Karzai, the U.S.-backed leader of the interim Afghan administration, was overwhelmingly elected head of state Thursday by a grand council, or loya jirga.

Ismail Qasim Yar, head of the loya jirga commission, announced that Karzai won 1,295 votes. Masooda Jalal, who worked for the United Nations food program and the only female candidate, received 171 votes and Mir Mohammed Mahfoz Nadai received 89.

A fourth candidate Glam Fareq Majidi was disqualified before the vote because he garnered only 101 signatures of support.

"We announce him as the president of the coming interim government," Qasimyar said of Karzai.

Karzai received a thunderous applause when the announcement was made placing him at the top of the Afghan administration for the next 18 months while parliamentary elections are organized.


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