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Former Defense Minister Drops Out of Afghan Presidential Race

Afghanistan's former defense minister has dropped out of next month's presidential election, leaving a field of nine candidates to replace outgoing President Hamid Karzai.Abdul Rahim Wardak announced Sunday he is dropping out of the race but gave no reason for his withdrawal and endorsed no other candidate for the April 5 vote.Wardak is the second candidate to drop out, following the withdrawal of Mr. Karzai's elder brother, Qayyum Karzai, earlier this month. After announcing his...

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