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In Afghanistan, the President is the head of the
executive branch. The President serves as the head of state and the
Command-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Afghanistan. He or she is elected by
receiving more than 50% of the votes cast through free, general, secret, and
direct voting. If none of the candidates for President receive more than 50% of
the votes in the first round, a run-off election is held within two weeks. In
this round, only two candidates with the highest number of votes are allowed to
participate. In the run-off, the candidate who gets the majority of the votes
will be elected as the President. The President serves a 5-year term. The
executive branch also includes two Vice Presidents and members of the cabinet.
Cabinet Ministers are appointed by the President and approved by the National