January 19, 2019 / 11:32 AM / a year ago

Afghan interior minister resigns to run for vice-presidency: sources

FILE PHOTO: Amrullah Saleh, Afghanistan's former intelligence chief, speaks during an interview in Kabul February 15, 2012. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan Interior Minister Amrullah Saleh resigned on Saturday to run for the vice-presidency in the July election, two political sources said.

“He resigned and he will file his nomination as part of President Ghani’s team,” said a source from the presidential palace in Kabul.

In December, President Ashraf Ghani appointed Saleh, a former security official and an uncompromising opponent of the Taliban, to his government in a bid to secure the support of former opponents for a second term.

Reporting by Abdul Qadir Sediqi, writing by Charlotte Greenfield; Editing by Janet Lawrence

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