28 Apr 2009

Karzai confirms re-election bid

9:01 am on 28 April 2009

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has confirmed publicly for the first time that he is going to stand for re-election in August.

He told a news conference in Kabul on Monday that he would register in a few days as a candidate.

The presidential election was to be held this month but was postponed due to security and logistics problems.

Some Western nations have accused Mr Karzai's government of failing to tackle corruption or effectively counter a Taliban insurgency.

He has ruled since 2002 and won a presidential election in 2004.

The Supreme Court extended his term until 20 August to account for the poll delay.

Election authorities expect more than 40 candidates to contest the election.