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Re-plugging: The final list of presidential and vice-presidential candidates

Thomas Ruttig 2 min

After some queries on social media and a check of several websites, including that of the Afghan Independent Election Commission,(1) there seems to be a lack of the complete final list of all tickets for the 5 April 2014 presidential election, particularly of the 11 contenders’ vice-presidential candidates. As a reference document, AAN’s co-director Thomas Ruttig provides the full service here. Also check what came in right now: the candidates positions on human rights, courtesy of Human Rights Watch, at the end of this text.


1. Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, main contester in the 2009 presidential elections, with Eng Muhammad Khan (leadership member of Hezb-e Islami’s registered wing) and Haji Muhammad Mohaqeq (leader of one faction of Hezb-e Wahdat) as first and second vice presidential candidates.

2. Abdulrab Rasul Sayaf, leader of the Dawat Party and MP from Kabul: with Ismail Khan (minister of water and energy until recently, Jamiati from Herat) and Abdul Wahab Erfan.

3. Qutbuddin Helal, spokesperson of Hezb-e Islami Hekmatyar during the 1990s and, more recently, member of the Hezb-e Islami peace delegation to Kabul; with Enayatullah Enayat (former governor in Jowzjan and Badghis) and Muhammad Ali Nabizada (second VP for Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai in the 2009 presidential election).

4. Abdul Rahim Wardak, former minister of defence, resigned as presidential security adviser, with Shah Abdul Ahad Afzali (former governor in Ghor) and Seyyed Hussain Anwari (former governor in Herat, leader of Harakat-e Islami party).

5. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, former minister of finance and dean of Kabul university, resigned as head of the transition coordination commission to run; with Gen Abdulrashid Dostum (leader of Jombesh party) and Mohammad Sarwar Danish (former Daikondi governor and minister of Justice, Hezb-e Wahdat) as first and second vice presidential candidates.

6. Zalmai Rassul, former head of the National Security Council, resigned as minister of foreign affairs to run; with Ahmad Zia Massud (former Vice President under Hamed Karzai, brother of Ahmad Shah Massud) and Ms Habiba Sorabi (resigned as Bamyan governor to run).

7. Qayum Karzai, brother of current president Karzai and former MP, with Wahidullah Shahrani (resigned as minister of mines to run) and Muhammad Nur Akbari (former diplomat, sitting MP).

8. Sardar Mohammad Nader Na’im, grandson of King Zaher Shah, with Taj Mohammad Akbar (Kabul university lecturer and ex-director of the De Pashtani Bank) and Azizullah Poya (former head of the Ghazni provincial council).

9. Gul Agha Sherzai, resigned as governor of Nangarhar to run; with Seyyed Hussain Alemi Balkhi (Kabul MP) and Mohammad Hashem Zare (former governor for Jowzjan).

10. Hedayat Amin Arsala, resigned as Senior Minister to run; with General Khodaidad (former counternarcotics minister) and Ms Safia Sediqi (former MP).

11. Daud Sultanzoy, former MP from Ghazni and Tolo TV talk show host; with Farid Ahmad Fazli (former Ministry of Mines official) and Ms Kazima Mohaqeq (university lecturer).


The sequence is as the original applications to run came in at the IEC, with Mr Sultanzoy added who had first been disqualified but later reinstated.

For more biographical data, please refer to Pajhwok News Agency here and The Guardian here (does not include all contenders).

On developments during the registration period, read earlier AAN analysis here, here and here, on the cabinet reshuffle following the resognation of some ministers to run here and on the pre-election political landscape here.

And finally, just in: the presidential candidates’ responses on a query by Human Rights Watch on human rights.



(1) The IEC website has pictures of the presidential candidates, though.


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