RELEASED - PHC Johnny Bivera, N00PH, CNO PAOCredit as U.S. Navy photo by Johnny BiveraAfghan presidential candidate Gen. Abdul Rahim Wardak formally announced his withdrawal from the upcoming presidential election.

Wardak said Sunday that he withdraws from the presidential election in favor of no other candidate.

This comes as president Karzai’s elder brother Qayum Karzai quit to run in the upcoming elections in the favor of former Afghan foreign minister Zalmai Rasoul.

The presidential and provincial council elections of Afghanistan are due to be organized earlier next month. The elections will mark Afghanistan’s first democratic transfer of power.

Abdul Rahim Wardak is the former defense minister of Afghanistan. He was the senior defense advisor to Afghan president Hamid Karzai before he nominated for presidential election.