The United States and Europe plan to appoint a “chief executive” or “prime minister” in the government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, the British Guardian newspaper alleges. Afghanistan’s international allies have become increasingly frustrated of late by what they see as incompetence and corruption in Karzai’s government. But with the president expected to win re-election this year, they have lost hope of replacing him and are instead trying to bypass and dilute his authority.
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