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Public reps want governor to quit

Public reps want governor to quit

Feb 24, 2011 - 20:08

JALALABAD (PANinfo-icon): Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon members from eastern Nangarhar province warned on Thursday of a protest movement if the incumbent governor did not step down.

But a spokesman for Governor Gul Agha Sherzai said that the parliamentarians should find a legal way of resolving the issue. He did not elaborate on the legal remedy.

The governor, who had promised to quit by Thursday, refused to honour his word, lawmaker Faridoon Momand told a press conference in Jalalabad.

He said that they had held a meeting, which was attended by around 100 tribal elders, on the removal of the governor.

"As today is Thursday, the governor says he will not leave Nangarhar at any cost," Momand said, warning of launching a protest if Sherzai continued in his office.

At a separate press conference at his residence, a member of the provincial council, Nasrullah Arsala, also asked the governor to step down immediately.

The former provincial council chief said the central government should change the governor in line with people's demand. Arsala said he had tried a lot to talk to the president on the issue, but could not succeed.

Another council member, Moeen Shah Haqqani, said they would seal the office of provincial council if the governor was not unseated.



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