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Ahmad Shah Ahmadzai

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Burhanuddin Rabbani

June 26, 1996

Succeeded by
Mohammad Rabbani

Date of birth

Ahmad Ahmadzai

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Preceded by
Arsala Rahmani (Acting)

1944 Malang, Afghanistan

Former Prime Minister of Afghanistan

Islamic Dawah Organisation of Afghanistan

Previous office
Prime Minister of Afghanistan (1995–1996)

Kabul University, Colorado State University

Ahmad Shah Ahmadzai (Pashto: احمد شاه احمدزی‎ - born 30 March 1944) is an Afghan politician. He served as the prime minister of Afghanistan from 1992 to 1996. He is an ethnic Pashtun from the Ahmadzai sub-tribe.


Ahmad Shah Ahmadzai was born in Malang, a village in the Khaki Jabbar district of Kabul Province. He studied engineering at Kabul University and then worked in the agriculture ministry. In 1972 he received a scholarship to study in the United States, at Colorado State University. He received a master's degree in 1975 and became a professor at King Faisal University in Saudi Arabia.

Following the communist coup in 1978, Ahmadzai returned to Afghanistan to join the mujahideen. He was a close associate of Burhanuddin Rabbani, being deputy of his Jamiat-e Islami party, but then left and joined Abdul Rasul Sayyaf's Islamic Dawah Organisation of Afghanistan party in 1992, the year that communist rule ended. He served as a minister in the post-communist Afghan government, variously as interior, construction and education minister, and later became prime minister between 1995 and 1996, although he has downplayed the import of these posts given the chaos due to the fighting at that time.

Ahmadzai left Afghanistan in 1996 after the government fled the Taliban advance. He lived in exile in Istanbul and London, before he returned to Afghanistan in 2001 after the fall of Taliban. He was an independent candidate in the 2004 Afghan presidential election supporting an Islamic system of government. He secured 0.8% of the total votes counted.


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