Here’s a look at the life of Ashraf Ghani, president of Afghanistan.
Birth place: Logar Province, Afghanistan
Birth name: Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai
Marriage: Rula (Saade) Ghani
Education: American University in Beirut, Lebanon, 1973; Columbia University, masters and Ph.D, anthropology
Ghani is a former US citizen who gave up his passport to run for the Afghan presidency in 2009.
He was working at the World Bank in Washington during the September 11 attacks, and used the tragedy as a springboard for his re-engagement in Afghan politics, returning to his home country just months after the event.
Was diagnosed with cancer and had to have part of his stomach removed.
Hired Democratic pundit James Carville to manage his 2009 presidential campaign.
His wife is Lebanese-American.
1974-1977 – Anthropology and Afghan studies professor at Kabul University in Afghanistan.
1977 – Comes to the United States to study anthropology at Columbia University in New York.
1983 – Anthropology professor at University of California, Berkeley.
1983-1991- Anthropology professor at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
1991-2001 – Lead anthropologist at the World Bank.
2002-2004 – Afghan finance minister in the transitional government led by Hamid Karzai.
January 2005-2009 – Chancellor of Kabul University.
2008 – Ghani’s book, “Fixing Failed States: A Framework for Rebuilding a Fractured World,” co-written with Lockhart, is published.
2009 – Runs for president of Afghanistan, coming in fourth place.
2010-October 1, 2013 – Chairman of the Transition Coordination Commission (TCC), the group responsible for the transition of power from International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) and NATO to Afghan National Security Forces.
June 14, 2014 – The run-off election takes place.
December 10, 2014 – Ghani condemns the “inhumane actions” outlined in the recently released report on the CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques after September 11. Ghani says, “All Afghan people should know that after 2014 no international forces would be allowed to put any Afghan citizen in jail, get into their homes or have prisons.”
September 29, 2016 – Ghani and notorious warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, of the Hezb-i-Islami faction, ratify a peace deal. Hekmatyar signs the agreement via video link.
November 1, 2018 – Confirms in a Bloomberg News interview that he will stand for reelection in 2019 to “finish the job” of ending his country’s war.
July 28, 2019 – Ghani launches his reelection campaign.
September 17, 2019 – A Taliban suicide bomber detonates explosives near an election rally for Ghani. Ghani is unhurt.
March 9, 2020 – Ghani is sworn in as president, while Abdullah holds a parallel inauguration ceremony nearby. Abdullah claims the presidential election results are fraudulent.
May 17, 2020 – Ghani and Abdullah sign a power-sharing agreement, with Ghani remaining president and Abdullah leading the peace talks with the Taliban as chairman of the National Reconciliation High Council. Abdullah will also appoint members of his team to the cabinet.
™ & © 2021 Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia Company. All rights reserved.