After the long, draining elections of Afghanistan, a decision was finally made; Ashraf Ghani a US-educated anthropologist won the hearts of his fellow Afghan citizens and was sworn as the new president of Afghanistan.
This was a first transfer of power in Afghanistan since the year 2001 when Hamid Karzai was chosen as the president. When Ghani was declared president he said, “I am no better than you” to an audience of 1,400 guests, including 200 foreign dignitaries at the presidential palace, Arg.
According to Wall Street Journal (wsj) Ashraf Ghani has written a manual on fixing failed states. As the new president of Afghanistan he has promised to bring change to the lives of people in Afghanistan. He said, “If I do something the proper way, support me. If I do something wrong, guide me,”
The elections took place twice because Abdullah Abdullah claimed fraud took place during the June elections and believed victory was stolen from him. The country had to go out and vote for the second time, both agreed candidates then agreed to the U.S. proposed power-sharing deal. Ashraf Ghani was announced as the President of Afghanistan and Abdullah Abdullah as the Prime minister.
Ashraf Ghani has marked that during his time as the president of Afghanistan he will aim to change Afghanistan and start a new beginning, operating to lead Afghanistan through the difficult transition as international militaries plan to withdraw soon.
“we need assistance from the international community.”
The deal to secure continuation of international military assistance to Afghanistan by 2014 was not signed by Hamid Karzai during his time in power but Ghani’s first step as the president of Afghanistan was to sign the agreement and he did this on the second day in power as he believes Afghanistan will need the help and security of the international forces to protect Afghanistan, he said, “we need assistance from the international community.”
Afghanistan, he said, “we need assistance from the international community.”