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Kabul - Apr 12, 2012 - 11:52

Last modified: 12 Apr 2012 08:52

Afghanistan is scheduled to hold a presidential election some time before May 2014.  That election will signal the end of President Hamid Karzai's tenure as leader of the central-Asian nation.

This has led to some fears that a peaceful transition of power may be hindered by a withdrawal of NATO forces at the end of 2014.

"This is a question that I have had, and I have raised it with my inner circle, if we cannot have all that accomplished in 2014 because of the heavy agenda," Afghan President Hamid Karzai said at a press conference in Kabul, regarding the presidential elections that should take place before May 2014.

"Can we bring either the transition and the return of international forces to 2013 so we can have the other agenda fulfilled in 2014 with less to do, or should we allow the transition process to complete itself in 2014, but bring the presidential election one year earlier to 2013".

"I have not had a final decision yet and it will not be soon," Karzai said while addressing the press with NATO Secretary-General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen.