Analysts paint bleak picture of unity govt’s performance
KABUL (Pajhwok): Painting a bleak picture of unity government’s one year performance, political analysts believe the incumbent government has virtually wasted its first year.
Presidential spokesman Ajmal Obaid Abidy, however, insisted the government had achieved several milestones such as bringing tangible reforms in the country’s foreign policy.
Last year, on this day, the presidential elections took place, which went to the second round. However, after political wrangling over results, the final announcement came after six months delay.
Delay in formation of the cabinet after a year is said to be an ample proof that demonstrates government inefficiency. Of 25 ministers, only eight ministers managed to get a vote of confidence from the parliament.
The defence portfolio still could not be filled and the government had been severely criticized for giving a major chunk of responsibilities to acting ministers and governors.
Political analyst Ahmad Saeedi said despite delay in formation of cabinet, leaders haven’t taken serious steps to resolve pressing issues. “Since last year’s election on April 5, every day was a challenging day. People are virtually disappointed, he added.
Saeedi recalled last year was the most challenging in terms of economic problems for Afghans, saying majority of the problems occurred because of visible differences between the president and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
The unity government, he noted had miserably failed to accomplish its pledges made with people during election campaign. He was of the opinion the government did not achieve targets to improve the fledgling economy, fighting graft or building better rapprochement with regional countries.
“I think people are unhappy with this state of situation. I am of the opinion that weak governments are more dangerous than powerful enemies,” he added.
After taking office, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani paid visits to Saudi Arabia, China, Pakistan and the US. He made exceptional overtures toward Pakistan to win the neighboring country’s support in peace talks with Taliban.
University Lecturer Wadir Safi said leaders of unity government did nothing except violation of laws of the land. He said during the period the government should have done major developmental works including the formation of cabinet.
Safi urged the president and CEO to honestly work for the prosperity of Afghans. He added there was no change in the policies of Pakistan and Saudi Arabia despite President Ghani’s visits.
“In the wake of foreign trips to Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, we don’t see any major change in Pakistan’s strategy until now,” he said, adding both the president and the CEO had many promises during elections campaign that have not been fulfilled.
He stressed the council of ministers should have been completed by now and the government should have embarked upon major issues of fighting poverty and economic enhancement.
Abidy rejected all these by saying: “Whatever happened prior to the formation of the unity government does not belong to us. It has been said for long that the new government would collapse but the reality is that we are moving toward stability.”
Abidy said the unity government was strong and stable and its achievements were source of pride.
He added security forces have come out of defensive and was on offensive against insurgents, security has improved and most importantly Afghanistan foreign police has shown to be very active.
“For the first time, we defined our relations with Pakistan. The two countries were involved in an unannounced war. We moved toward a defined peace and we secured Pakistan’s cooperation in this regard,” he continued, rejecting the rumors about the differences between the president and the CEO.
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