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    ISLAMABAD, January 10th, 2004 (RIA Novosti correspondent Vladimir Shreter) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai has confirmed his intention of running for president at the first, "truly democratic elections" in June 2004. He said this at a briefing in Kabul, according to the Radio of Pakistan.

    Karzai said he would do everything it takes to hold these elections as scheduled.

    Earlier, the head of the UN mission in Afghanistan expressed serious doubts about the timely elections due to the slow registration of voters, obstructed by the complicated situation in the country and the lack of law and order in many provinces.

    Only 274,000 out of the 10 million Afghan citizens eligible to vote have been registered so far, with women making 59,000.

    Loya Jirga, a tribal institute and a kind of pre-parliament when a legislative body has not been elected, has recently finished its work. It adopted the new constitution of the post-Taleban Afghanistan, with the wording advocated by Hamid Karzai. Afghanistan is proclaimed a presidential republic, excluding the position of a prime minister for the first time in Afghanistan's history, and making the president unaccountable to parliament. These were the terms of Hamid Karzai's consent to run for president.

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