Haji Mohammad Chamkani

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Haji Mohammad Chamkani
Chairman of the Presidium of the Revolutionary Council
In office
24 November 1986 – 30 September 1987
Prime MinisterSultan Ali Keshtmand
Preceded byBabrak Karmal
Succeeded byMohammad Najibullah
Personal details
Died2012 (aged 64–65)
Political partyIndependent

Haji Mohammad Chamkani (1947–2012[1]) was an Afghan politician who held the post of interim President of Afghanistan during the period of the Soviet-backed Democratic Republic of Afghanistan. Previously, he served as deputy head of state aka vice chairman of the Revolutionary Council under Babrak Karmal.[2] [3]

He reached the position after the resignation of Babrak Karmal.[2] A non-party member, a tribal leader with power and connections in key areas of provinces bordering Pakistan, his influence extended inside Pakistan as well. However, Mohammed Najibullah was in charge of the country, due to his powerful positions of Director of the KHAD and General Secretary of the People's Democratic Party of Afghanistan. It was during his term in office that the USSR indicated willingness to negotiate and remove some troops from Afghanistan. His term was also marked by the creation of a new Constitution.

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  1. ^ "د سلاکار وزیر او پکتیا والی ډګر جنرال جمعه خان همدرد د خواشینۍ پیغام". Rohi. 11 August 2012. Retrieved 23 February 2016. (in Pashto)
  2. ^ a b "Afghan Tribal Leader Named Acting President." (24 November 1986). The New York Times. Section A.
  3. ^ Ed 2002 43rd, Taylor & Francis Group. The Europa World Year Book 2003. Google Books. Retrieved 2009-03-23.
Political offices
Preceded by
Gul Aqa
Vice Chairman of the Revolutionary Council
November 1986 - April 1988
Succeeded by
Several vice presidents
Preceded by
Babrak Karmal
Chairman of the Presidium of the Revolutionary Council
1986 – 1987
Succeeded by
Mohammad Najibullah