Afghanistan’s Next First Lady Could be a Christian.
In The Last Weeks Poll Former Karzai's Cabinet Minister Ashraf Ghani
Tops the Poll with average of 29% Percents. currently has a 4-point lead
over his nearest rival Doctor Abdullah Abdullah (29% compared to 25%,
respectively). In the Past Ashraf Ghani ran against Karzai in 2009 yet
finished fourth; he hired James Carville as a campaign consultant then.
also supports negotiating with the Taliban if the terrorists agree to a
Perhaps one of the most remarkable things about Ghani is his wife, Rula,
whom he met while attending the American University of Beirut during
the late 1970s. She come from a religious Christian family and it could
be new Christian first lady ever in a religious extreme Country
Afghanistan. “For her public presence and stylish European dress, Rula
Ghani stands out as the most Westernized woman in America. He attend a
local Church in Sunday Ceremony with his son Terak. And, as a bio of
Ghani’s U.S.-born son Tarek notes, Rula is a Lebanese Christian. In a
interview with CBS News Rula said " Whenever Dr. Ashraf Ghani travels to
United States of America to see his family once or twice month, I cook
his favorite Lebanon dish.
One of the most concern and dangerous which really concern his family is
that Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani is battling his life. His wife Rula
said, I think in a way he feels he doesn't know how much time he has to
live and that he has to do this very quickly." Ghani
is not in perfect health. He lost part of his stomach to cancer several
years ago. His immune system is weak. He rarely sleeps more than four
hours a night.
He considers the work, though, well worth the tax on his
health. cabinet colleagues, indifferent global donors and stomach cancer
as he struggles to salvage Afghanistan's ravaged economy. If he fails,
the world could pay an enormous price. Death haunts Ashraf Ghani. A
gaunt 55 year old who constantly fingers his prayer beads, the Finance
minister of Afghanistan consumes three meals in as many hours during a
recent visit, to provide constant sustenance to his cancer ravaged body.
"I only have about 2 percent of my stomach left," he explains matter of
factly as he devours a breakfast of rice and bananas while his chef
prepares another helping. Nearby, four bodyguards carrying Kalashnikovs
scan the grounds of Ghani's modestvilla in the leafy Wazir Akbar Khan
district, where Kabul's elite live and work,barricaded against car
bombs. From overhead comes the nonstop buzz of NATO helicopter gunships.
Barely a week goes by without at least one senior Afghan official being
assassinated "This job is one of the worst on the face of the earth,"
sighs Ghani, whose cancer, atleast, is in remission.