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World IN BRIEF : AFGHANISTAN : Acting President Hands Over Power

June 29, 1992|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Acting President Sibghatullah Mojaddidi stepped down peacefully under an agreement by the major guerrilla factions for transforming Afghanistan into an Islamic state. Leaders on the council that will guide Afghanistan to national elections immediately handed power to Mojaddidi's previously designated successor, Burhanuddin Rabbani, head of Jamaat-i-Islami, one of the strongest guerrilla factions. The move completed the first peaceful transfer of power in this violence-racked country in nearly a century.

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