Afghan power deal hands top military post to man accused of torturing rival

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Presidential challengers Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah agree to share power

Afghanistan’s months-long dispute over who won last year’s presidential election is near resolution after the incumbent, Ashraf Ghani, and his main challenger, Abdullah Abdullah, agreed a draft power-sharing deal, local media reported.

Controversially, it would make the former vice-president Abdul Rashid Dostum, who is accused of ordering the torture and rape of a political rival, marshal of the Afghan armed forces, and a senior government official.

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