Parwan billboards portray CEO as president
CHARIKAR (Pajhwok): Though the unity government agreement was seen an end to all problems and differences between President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah, yet pictures of CEO on billboards depict him as “the president of Afghanistan” in Charikar, the capital of central Parwan province.
When the first round of presidential election did not produce a clear winner, a runoff was called on June 14. Ashraf Ghani emerged victorious, but Abdullah refused to accept defeat and warned of forming a parallel government. His supporters then started publishing photos of Abdullah reading: “The president of Afghanistan.”
After months of dialogue and mediation by foreigners, both the leaders agreed to form a unity government. Ashraf Ghani took oath as president of Afghanistan and Abdullah as CEO.
But Abdullah is still claimed to be the president of Afghanistan in pictures on billboards installed in Pul-i-Lashmak locality of Charikar.
Lutfullah, a resident of the locality, said the billboards now should be removed as they showed how weak the government was.
University teacher Prof. Abdul Rab Bahadur said Abdullah had accepted the new post of CEO under the unity government deal, hence displaying such photos was unlawful.
Acting Governor Abdul Basir Salangi said the photos had been installed by some local commanders. He said the issue had been shared with the CEO office, but the billboards remained.
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