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Karzai not to seek third term as President

world Updated: Aug 11, 2011 22:25 IST

Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai said on Thursday he would not run for a third term to rule the country, Xinhua reported.

"The Afghan constitution does not allow anyone to run for the third time of presidency," a statement from the president's office said.

"I have no resolve to seek election for the third time and do not seek any way to run the country for the third time as president because it is not in the interest of Afghanistan," Karzai said.

Karzai took power as the first elected president of Afghanistan in December 2004 for a five-year term. His second term as president began in November 2009 for another five years.