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From hero to cowering villain: the shameful fall of the Afghan president

On paper, Ghani was the perfect choice to save Afghanistan. In reality, he was clueless. Now he has fled into hiding

Eltaf Najafizada and Archana Chaudhary

If anyone was supposed to know how to fix Afghanistan, it was Ashraf Ghani.

Before becoming president in 2014, Ghani spent much of his life studying how to boost growth in poor nations. A Fulbright Scholar with a doctorate from Columbia University, he taught at some of America’s elite academic institutions before stints at the World Bank and UN. Later he co-wrote Fixing Failed States: A Framework for Rebuilding a Fractured World.

Ghani’s whereabouts remain a mystery after he fled Afghanistan on Sunday. Reports have spotted him everywhere from Tajikistan to Oman to Abu Dhabi, with the Russians claiming he left with four cars and a helicopter full of cash. In Afghanistan he’s become a villain: his central bank chief and key members of his administration have denounced him publicly. Efforts to reach him or his close aides were unsuccessful...

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