Afghan President Ashraf Ghani speaks during a press conference at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015. (AP Photos/Massoud Hossaini)
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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is struggling to placate furious tribal elders in Kandahar, who include some of the most powerful figures in the strategic southern province, after one of his top aides punched a senior local leader in the face.Ghani visited Kandahar, the provincial capital and Afghanistan's second biggest city, on Thursday on a trip intended to bolster support for his national unity government in one of the most volatile regions of the country.Instead, he found himself embroiled in an embarrassing debacle during an event with tribal elders when a fight broke out between Naseem Sharifi, his head of protocol, and Haji Sayed Jan Khakrezwal, the respected head of the Kandahar provincial council.However, the incident has left deep resentment among the Kandahar tribal leaders, whose support in one of the country's most strategically important cities is vital to Ghani's struggling government.
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