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Trudeau's Afghan doppelganger propels to stardom

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Trudeau's Afghan doppelganger propels to stardom

Trudeau's Afghan doppelganger propels to stardom

Afghan singer Abdul Salam Maftoon's striking resemblance to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has turned him into an unlikely celebrity in the war-torn country since his debut on a talent show.

Michelle Hennessy reports.


Trudeau's Afghan doppelganger propels to stardom

He's a rising star in Afghanistan, but it's not just Abdul Salam Maftoon's voice that's propelled him to stardom.

People worldwide are captivated by what some call his stunning resemblance to Canadian leader Justin Trudeau.

The 28-year-old traveled to Kabul to compete in the reality TV show - Afghan Star.

And since his debut, USA today, BBC News, and Time magazine, have all picked up on the Afghan singer's sudden rise to fame.

(SOUNDBITE) (Dari) 'AFGHAN STAR' TALENT SHOW CONTESTANT, ABDUL SALAM MAFTOON, SAYING: "People are calling me the Justin Trudeau, the Justin Trudeau of Afghanistan.

And hearing that makes me feel so good." Judges on the competition now think he could win the whole thing.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) 'AFGHAN STAR' TALENT SHOW COACH AND JUDGE, QAIS ULFAT, SAYING: "I hope he takes this platform in a positive way to make his career more available for his viewers and listeners." The former wedding singer also hopes his looks, can make his dreams a reality.

My only wish he says is for Trudeau to "invite me to sing" in Canada.

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