Dr. Zalmai Rasoul appeared in the independent election commission of Afghanistan along with his first vice-president Ahmad Zia Massoud and second vice-president Habiba Surabi.
Afghan president Hamid Karzai accepted the resignation of Dr. Zalmai Rasoul on Saturday, the presidential palace administration announced a following a statement late Saturday.
Dr. Zalmai Rasoul is the first member of the Afghan cabinet to formally file nomination for 2014 presidential elections. Afghan mines and trade & commerce ministers, Wahidullah Shahrani and Anwar-ul-haq Ahadi have also resigned from their positions to run in the upcomign presidential elections.
Trade and commerce ministry spokesman, Wahidullah Ghazi confirmed that Anwar-ul-Haq Ahadi has resigned as trade and commerce minister and will formally file nomination for 2014 presidential elections.
Mr. Ghazi further added that Anwar-ul-Haq Ahadi has named former member of the Afghan high peace council, Mohammad Ismail Qasimyar and brother of Sebghatullah Mojadidi, Hashmatullah Mojadidi as his vice-president.
The registration process for presidential candidates started on 16 September, and the enrollment process will finish at 4pm on Sunday.