Karzai to step down as Afghan leader in 2014: Gates

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Posted: Jun 15, 2011 12:39 PM
Karzai to step down as Afghan leader in 2014: Gates

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hamid Karzai has said privately he intends to step down in 2014 as president of Afghanistan as required by the country's constitution, Defense Secretary Robert Gates told a Senate panel on Wednesday.

Afghanistan's constitution limits a president to two terms in office but there has been speculation in the past that Karzai might attempt to change the rules to allow him to stay in office longer.