Afghan president-elect Ashraf Ghani (R) and his wife Rula Ghani arrive for an interview with AFP at his residence in Kabul, April 14, 2014. (AFP/Wakil KOHSAR)
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Rula has already broken several taboos by accompanying her husband Ashraf to election campaign events and giving at least one speech to supporters.The new president has often said he wants women to play a greater role in Afghan life, and many rights activists are hoping Rula will be an influential "first lady". Ghani came second in the first round of the presidential elections, and then won the runoff in June – a victory he attributes, in part, to the votes of women.Hamid Karzai, who stepped aside as president, was almost never seen with his wife, Zinat.
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