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President of the
Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
National emblem of Afghanistan.svg
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Ashraf Ghani

since September 29, 2014
Style His Excellency
Residence Arg Presidential Palace, Kabul, Afghanistan
Appointer Direct popular vote
Term length Five years
Inaugural holder Mohammed Daoud Khan
Formation July 17, 1973 (first republic)
Website Office of the President

The President of Afghanistan is the head of state of Afghanistan. Afghanistan has only been a republic between 1973 and 1992 and from 2001 onwards. Before 1973, it was a monarchy that was governed by a variety of kings, emirs or shahs. There was a civil war from 1992 to 2001.


The constitution of Afghanistan gives the president wide powers over military and legislative affairs. There is a weak national parliament.

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