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Hamid Karzai
حامد کرزی
President of Afghanistan
In office
22 December 2001 – 29 September 2014
Acting: 22 December 2001 – 7 December 2004
Vice President Karim Khalili
Mohammed Fahim
Yunus Qanuni
Preceded by Burhanuddin Rabbani
Succeeded by Ashraf Ghani
Personal details
Born 24 December 1957 (1957-12-24) (age 61)
Kandahar, Afghanistan
Political party Independent
Spouse(s) Zeenat Quraishi (1999–present)
Children Mirwais
Alma mater Himachal Pradesh University
Religion Sunni Islam

Hamid Karzai (Pashto: حامد کرزی, Hāmid Karzay; born 24 December 1957[1]) is a former President of Afghanistan. He served from 22 December 2001 to 29 September 2014. He was the first democratically elected leader of the country.

He is ethnic Pashtun from Kandahar and can speak several different language, including English, French, Persian, Urdu and his native Pashto language. He was educated in Afghanistan and India. He lived in Pakistan before becoming popular in late 2001. He has many family members and relatives living in the United States.