Hamid Karzai’s brother exits Afghan poll

March 07, 2014 07:08 pm | Updated December 04, 2021 11:19 pm IST - KABUL, Afghanistan

Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s elder brother says he quit the April 5 presidential race to rally undecided countrymen in favour of a moderate candidate, the country’s former foreign minister.

Qayyum Karzai says he believes most of Afghan voters are undecided and could be persuaded to back the moderate runner, Zalmai Rassoul.

The elder Karzai spoke in an interview on Friday with The Associated Press , one day after bowing out of the presidential race.

Mr. Qayyum’s decision followed days of speculation and backdoor meetings.

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