Afghan Prez Confirms Re-Election Bid

Karzai promises to amend controversial 'marital rape' law
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 28, 2009 5:59 AM CDT
Afghan police officers push back counter-protesters during a demonstration against religious laws in Kabul, Afghanistan, earlier this month.   (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)
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(Newser) – Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai has confirmed for the first time that he will run for re-election in the country's elections this summer, the Times of London reports. Karzai repeated his pledge to amend a controversial law critics say condones marital rape and child marriage, surprising observers who believed he would keep it on the books to appease the country's conservative clerics.