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Afghan rivals’ power-sharing deal would promote official accused of rape and torture

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The move comes amid US pressure to resolve the standoff and clear the way for peace talks with the Taliban

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

Controversially it would make 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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