Afghans to recast government with prime minister post

Posted: July 14, 2014 at 3:28 a.m.

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah listens to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during a photo opportunity at the start of a meeting at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Friday, July 11, 2014. Kerry sought Friday to broker a deal between Afghanistan's rival presidential candidates as a bitter dispute over last month's runoff election risked spiraling out of control. (AP Photo/Jim Bourg, Pool)

KABUL, Afghanistan -- The deal that Secretary of State John Kerry brokered to ease the Afghan election crisis with a sweeping audit of the vote was built on an even more extensive reshaping of the entire government system, U.S. and Afghan officials confirmed Sunday: The sides have agreed to gradually create an empowered prime minister post after years of an all-encompassing presidency.

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