Colourful ceremony to mark power shift: Karzai
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai on Friday said he would hand over power to anyone winning the April 5 election in a colourful ceremony, saying Afghanistan was taking solid steps towards a bright future.
“Everyone who emerges victor in the elections will be the president of all Afghans. I will surrender him charge in a colourful ceremony because his success (in election) is the success of Afghans,” Karzai told tribal elders visiting him at the Presidential Palace.
A statement issued from the palace said Afghanistan Ulema Council members praised the Afghans for widely participating in the presidential and provincial council elections.
In a reference to the historic vote, Karzai, who is in office since the US-led invasion ousted the Taliban regime in 2001, said the elections proved as wrong the concerns expressed in western media about the year 2014.
The council praised the outgoing president’s legacy he will be leaving behind in forms of roads, hospitals, telecommunications, higher education facilities, freedom of speech and media’s promotion.
The ulema said Karzai helped united the nation and encouraged communities to overcome past divisions. Karzai helped strengthened national forces and called into session five times the Loya Jirga and created the High Peace Council to find a negotiated solution to the insurgency.
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