Afghan finance minister resigns, to run for presidency
Afghan President Hamid Karzai accepted the resignation of his finance minister.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai accepted the resignation of his finance minister on Thursday, only days after the minister announced he would stand in this year's presidential elections, the president's office said.
"The President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, with appreciation for the services of Dr. Anwarulhaq Ahadi, accepted his resignation and wished him success," the president's office said in a statement.
Last week the country's independent election commission announced the presidential elections would take place in August and not this spring when Karzai's term is up.
The reason for the delay, it said, was because of technical difficulties in registering voters during the cold winter months but analysts say the later date will also allow security forces to be better able to protect the vote.
Karzai has strongly hinted he will run for re-election saying he still has "a job to complete," but his popularity has waned both among Afghans and his Western backers due to rampant corruption and weak government outside Kabul.
Ahadi is the second person to publicly say he will be running for president. Former Planning Minister Ramazan Bashardost has also said he will stand.
Reuters Last Mod: 05 Şubat 2009, 17:14