Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah signed a power-sharing deal to end a months-long political stalemate [File: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters]

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his rival Abdullah Abdullah have signed a power-sharing deal, signalling the end of a months-long stalemate that plunged the country into a political crisis.

Ghani’s spokesman said on Twitter on Sunday that Abdullah would lead the council for peace talks and members of his team would be included in the cabinet. No other details were immediately available.

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The breakthrough comes as Afghanistan battles several crises, including a rapid spread of the coronavirus pandemic and surging violence that saw dozens of people killed in attacks last week.

Abdullah had previously served as Afghanistan’s “chief executive” under an earlier power-sharing deal but lost

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