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Afghanistan to Elect New President in 2014

SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- Afghanistan has set a date to choose its next president.

Just as U.S. forces pull out of the country, Afghanistan is set to elect a successor for President Hamid Karzai on April 5, 2014, reports The Wall Street Journal. Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission set the poll date Tuesday. Karzai is not allowed to run for a third term, according to the country's constitution.

While the Wall Street Journal speculated Tuesday whether Karzai would name his brother Qayum as a "preferred candidate," a spokesman for the Afghan president said Tuesday that Karzai has not named a preference, the Journal reports.

Calling the electoral process is "inclusive" and "not exclusive," Karzai spokesman Aimal Faizi said, "He has not named anybody, but he has held a series of meetings with different people around the country to create a road map for elections."

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