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Afghanistan presidential candidates to sign power sharing deal 3 months after disputed runoff

  • Afghan President Hamid Karzai, left, and Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah attend a ceremony to mark the third anniversary of the assassination of former Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. In 2011, an insurgent with a bomb wrapped in his turban assassinated Rabbani, who was leading a government effort to broker peace with the Taliban. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

    Afghan President Hamid Karzai, left, and Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah attend a ceremony to mark the third anniversary of the assassination of former Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. In 2011, an insurgent with a bomb wrapped in his turban assassinated Rabbani, who was leading a government effort to broker peace with the Taliban. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 8, 2014 file photo, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, from left, speaks as Afghan presidential candidates Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and Abdullah Abdullah listen during a joint press conference in Kabul. Afghanistan's two presidential candidates were set to a sign a power-sharing deal on national TV on Sunday, three months after a disputed runoff that threatened to plunge the country into turmoil and complicate the withdrawal of U.S. and foreign troops. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)

    FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 8, 2014 file photo, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, from left, speaks as Afghan presidential candidates Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and Abdullah Abdullah listen during a joint press conference in Kabul. Afghanistan's two presidential candidates were set to a sign a power-sharing deal on national TV on Sunday, three months after a disputed runoff that threatened to plunge the country into turmoil and complicate the withdrawal of U.S. and foreign troops. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Afghanistan's presidential election candidates Abdullah Abdullah, left, and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, center hold their documents after signing a power-sharing deal at presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. Afghanistan's two presidential candidates signed a power-sharing deal Sunday, capped with a hug and a handshake, three months after a disputed runoff that threatened to plunge the country into turmoil and complicate the withdrawal of U.S. and foreign troops. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

    Afghanistan's presidential election candidates Abdullah Abdullah, left, and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, center hold their documents after signing a power-sharing deal at presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. Afghanistan's two presidential candidates signed a power-sharing deal Sunday, capped with a hug and a handshake, three months after a disputed runoff that threatened to plunge the country into turmoil and complicate the withdrawal of U.S. and foreign troops. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)  (The Associated Press)

The spokesman for Afghanistan's president says that the nation's two presidential candidates are set to sign a power-sharing deal nearly three months after a disputed runoff vote.

Presidential spokesman Aimal Faizi said Sunday that Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and Abdullah Abullah were set to sign a deal on the national unity government at noon local time (0730 GMT).

The deal, agreed to in talks that began late Saturday, follows weeks of negotiations on a power-sharing arrangement following accusations of fraud in the June runoff vote.

The deal would be a victory for U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who first got the candidates to agree in principle to share power during a July visit to Afghanistan.