Former finance minister Ashraf Ghani was declared the winner of Afghanistan’s contested presidential election on Sunday, hours after Ghani and the second-place finisher, Abdullah Abdullah, stood together to announce the formation of a long-awaited coalition government.

The conclusion of Afghanistan’s tumultuous, year-long election sets the stage for President Hamid Karzai’s departure from office, as well as a security agreement allowing American troops to remain in the country after this year.

Ghani, who will become Afghanistan’s second president since the fall of the Taliban in 2001, joined Abdullah and Karzai in announcing the new government. Ghani and Abdullah will share power for the next five years, with Ghani serving as president and Abdullah as a chief executive officer.

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