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Afghanistan Appoints Son of Slain Peace Envoy

Salahuddin Rabbani (C) prays after he was introduced as the care taker to Jamiat-e Islami party during a gathering at the Kabul Intercontinental Hotel, October 4, 2011.
Salahuddin Rabbani (C) prays after he was introduced as the care taker to Jamiat-e Islami party during a gathering at the Kabul Intercontinental Hotel, October 4, 2011.
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Afghanistan has appointed the son of slain statesman Burhanuddin Rabbani to replace his father and lead the country's High Peace Council charged with finding a political solution to the Afghan war.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai said in a statement Saturday that Salahuddin Rabbani is the country's new top peace envoy. Rabbani is currently Afghanistan's ambassador to Turkey.

His father, who was also a former president of Afghanistan, was killed in September by an assassin who had a bomb hidden under his turban.  The late president was spearheading peace efforts with the Taliban.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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