Afghanistan's Karzai confirms to leave power in 2014
06 February, 2013
OSLO: Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai confirmed Tuesday in Oslo that he plans to step down next year when his mandate expires.
"The question of me staying as the president beyond 2014 is out of the question," Karzai said when reporters asked about recent speculation that he was keen to stay on.
"Neither am I seeking a third term, nor does the constitution allow it. There will be an election and a new president will come," he said. Karzai was elected in 2004, and re-elected in 2009 in a vote marred by accusations of fraud.