Afghan provincial governor defies president’s order to step down

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Leader of Samangan province is second governor to defy Ghani, exposing his weakness

A second Afghan provincial governor has defied an attempt by the president, Ashraf Ghani, to remove him, deepening a political crisis that has underlined the weakness of the western-backed government in Kabul.

Abdulkarim Khaddam, the governor of the northern province of Samangan, followed the leader of neighbouring Balkh province, Atta Mohammad Noor, in rejecting an order to step down, issued last week as part of a shakeup of regional governors.

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