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Afghan President Considers April Election


Afghan President Hamid Karzai is considering holding presidential elections in April, four months earlier than an election date set by the country's Independent Election Commission.

Afghanistan's constitution requires that the presidential election be held by April 21, one month before Mr. Karzai's five-year term expires.

Last month, Afghan election chief, Azizullah Lodin, said the commission decided to reschedule the vote for August to give incoming U.S. forces time to stabilize the country.

But opposition leaders have insisted that Mr. Karzai step down when his term expires in May and install a caretaker government.

U.S. support for the embattled president came into question after the Obama administration openly accused Mr. Karzai of failing to crack down on government corruption.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.

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