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12th and current President of Afghanistan


Hamid Karzai is the 12th and current President of Afghanistan, taking office on December 7, 2004. He became a dominant political figure after the removal of the Taliban government in late 2001. During the Bonn Conference in Germany, on December 5, 2001, Karzai was selected by prominent Afghan political figures to serve a six month term as Chairman of the Transitional Administration. He was then chosen for a two years term as the Interim President during the 2002 Loya Jirga in Kabul, Afghanistan. After the 2004 presidential election, Karzai won and became President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. He then won the 2009 presidential election after his opponent withdrew from the run-off race.

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 I am terribly sorry for them losing their sons and daughters, as we are sorry for us losing our sons and daughters in Afghanistan. But we have a job to do together and we must endure, as hard as it may be. 
— Hamid Karzai apologizing to the families of British soldiers killed in war in Afghanistan / December 13, 2009
 I prefer the national interest of Afghanistan over my personal interests. 
— Hamid Karzai admitting that he fell short of a victory in the country's presidential election / October 20, 2009
 The Afghan people dared rockets, bombs and intimidation and came out to vote. 
— Hamid Karzai on the turnout at the 2009 Afghanistan Presidential Elections / August 21, 2009
 If we can save Pakistan and Afghanistan from these problems, from extremism, then such trilateral meetings are meaningful. 
— Hamid Karzai / May 24, 2009
 Al Qaeda is no longer in Afghanistan. 
— Hamid Karzai on al qaeda / May 24, 2009
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 A wife cannot leave the house without the permission of the husband unless in a medical or other emergency 
— Hamid Karzai as in a controversial The Shia Family Law that Hamid Karzai plans to introduce that was felt as a Taliban-style law / May 2009