Karzai brother quits Afghan race

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KABUL, Afghanistan -- A campaign official says the Afghan president's elder brother is dropping out of the April 5 presidential race and throwing his support behind the country's former foreign minister.

The official, who asked not to be named because he was not authorized to speak to the media, told The Associated Press Wednesday that President Hamid Karzai's brother, Qayyum Karzai, was dropping out of the race and will back Zalmai Rassoul.

Hamid Karzai has not come out in support of any one candidate,but publicly declared he did not support his brother's candidacy. Karzai can't seek re-election.

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