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(From Guardian Unlimited)
Hamid Karzai today defied intense international pressure not to pick a former warlord as his running mate for his campaign to be elected as president of Afghanistan for another four years.
The president confirmed the fears of western diplomats by registering himself as a candidate in the 20 August poll along with Mohammad Fahim, whom he has selected as one of his two would-be vice-presidents.
The former militia leader, who goes by the honorary title of Marshal Fahim, is disliked by many Afghans who are suspicious of the wealth he has acquired since 2001 and disliked by the west for his opposition to the disbandment of the …