US welcomes court ruling on Karzai’s term

March 31st, 2009 - 12:55 am ICT by IANS  

Washington, March 30 (Xinhua) The US Monday welcomed the ruling by Afghanistan’s Supreme Court, allowing President Hamid Karzai to stay in office until holding the presidential polls and handing over authority to the next president.
“The United States strongly supports and welcomes this ruling,” State Department deputy spokesman Gordon Duguid said in a statement.

“We believe that continuity of government in the critical period before elections is vital and contributes to creating stability.”

In a ruling Sunday, Afghanistan’s Supreme Court extended the term of Karzai until the presidential election is held.

Karzai’s term as president expires May 21 and a national election to choose his successor is due to be held Aug 20.

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