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Atta Mohammad Noor

Afghan strongman shows he is still ‘King of the North’

KABUL: A powerful former Afghan governor at the centre of a growing political crisis over his refusal to stand down permitted his appointed successor on Tuesday to set foot in his province for a funeral, sources have told AFP. It is the first time Mohammad Daud has publicly visited Balkh since President Ashraf Ghani's office announced on December 18 that he would replace Atta Mohammad Noor as governor of the northern province. Noor, nicknamed "King of the North", has refused to leave the post he has held since 2004,…