Hanif Atmar held several government posts before launching his own party [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]

Kabul, Afghanistan – Mohammad Hanif Atmar, Afghanistan‘s powerful former national security adviser, will challenge President Ashraf Ghani for the country’s top post in July’s planned elections.

Often referred to as “the shadow president” during his time as security adviser (2014-2018), Atmar backs an all-inclusive intra-Afghan dialogue to advance peace efforts in a bid to end Afghanistan’s 17-year war.

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