The two contenders for Afghanistan's presidency sign a deal for a power-sharing government at the presidential palace in Kabul. Vanessa Johnston reports.
After months of turmoil over a disputed election... ...Afghanistan's presidential candidates sign a deal in Kabul on Sunday to share power. Under the agreement, Ashraf Ghani, a former finance minister, will be named president... ...and Abdullah Abdullah will nominate a chief executive with newly expanded powers. After the signing ceremony, outgoing leader Hamid Karzai praises the two men. (SOUNDBITE) (Pashto) AFGHAN PRESIDENT HAMID KARZAI SAYING: "I am delighted that my honorable brothers Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and Abdullah Abdullah have agreed, in an Afghan way, on a solution to manage a government for the future of Afghanistan, for goodness and the development of Afghanistan." On the streets of the capital, skepticism remains. (SOUNDBITE) (Dari) NASIR AHMAD RESIDENT OF KABUL SAYING: "Considering the past experiences of these two candidates and teams, I believe that the next five years will be challenging for Afghanistan. One team will try to challenge the other team. I am not very optimistic about this power sharing." The final results of a hotly contested June 14 run-off vote have yet to be released.