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His Excellency The Honourable
Hamid Karzai
Ḥāmid Karzay
حامد کرزی

Hamid Karzai
President of Afghanistan
In office:
December 22, 2001 – November 17, 2009
Acting: December 22, 2001 to December 7, 2004
Vice President: Ahmad Zia Massoud (First)
Karim Khalili (Second)
Preceded by: Burhanuddin Rabbani
Succeeded by: Abdullah Abdullah
Biography
Born: December 24, 1957 (age 51)
Karz, Kandahar province, Afghanistan
Political party: Independent
Spouse: Zeenat Quraishi Karzai
Religion: Sunni Islam

Hamid Karzai (Pashto: حامد کرزی - Ḥāmid Karzay; born 24 December 1957) was the 12th President of Afghanistan, serving from December 7, 2004 to November 19, 2009. 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 months 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 lost to his opponent Abdullah Abdullah in the 2009 presidential election in the run-off election.

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