Afghanistan: Understanding Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Officer — Deutsche welle de

Afghanistan has a new president and a chief executive officer (CEO) – a newly-created post akin to prime minister. But what powers does the Afghan CEO have? Can he appoint ministers? Can he sack them? DW finds out.

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah addresses a gathering on the last day of campaigning, at his residence in Kabul on June 11, 2014<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> (Photo: WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP/Getty Images)

After months of disagreement over the results of the second round of the June 14presidential vote, feuding Afghan candidates Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah agreed to form a “national unity government” last week. Former President Hamid Karzai officially handed over power to the two democratically-elected leaders on Monday, September 29. Ghani was sworn in as Afghanistan’s new president, whereas Abdullah was appointed as the war-torn country’s chief executive officer (CEO).

But what does it mean to be Afghanistan’s CEO?

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