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Karzai’s brother drops out of race

KABUL —  The elder brother of Afghanistan’s current president is dropping out of the April 5 presidential race and throwing his support behind the country’s former foreign minister, a campaign official said Wednesday.

The official, who asked not to be named because he was not authorized to speak to reporters, said President Hamid Karzai’s brother, Qayyum, was dropping out of the race and will back Zalmai Rassoul. The decision came after days of speculation and meetings.

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Hamid Karzai has not come out in support of a candidate, but he publicly declared he did not support Qayyum’s candidacy. He has served two terms and is not eligible to run again.

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