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Strong political opposition direly needed: analysts

Strong political opposition direly needed: analysts

May 24, 2015 - 15:49

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Experts say the existence of a political opposition is essential for political development and a political system without opposition is incomplete.

In politics, the opposition is a party or a group of parties opposed to the government. They put pressure on the government to put things right and prevent the regime from doing something against the national interest besides offering proposals and criticising the government’s poor performance.

The unity government deal that followed last year’s disputed presidential election mentions Chief Executive Officer Abdullah camp as opposition in strengthening and promoting democracy.

The Abdullah camp has two roles --- chief executive and opposition. But Abdullah’s deputy spokesman Javed Faisal said the two leaders had so far not discussed the creation of opposition, but talks in this regard would start soon.

However, no opposition could emerge since the formation of the unity government eight months ago. The government has been criticised so far in individual capacity in the absence of an opposition.

President Ghani, during his landmark visit to the United States in March, said the Talibaninfo-icon were “a political opposition” and peace with them was essential for ending the conflict in Afghanistaninfo-icon.

Former president Hamid Karzai, ex-jihadi leader Abdul Rab Rassoul Sayyaf, Ismail Khan, former National Security advisor Dr. Rangin Dadfar Spanta, former spy master Amarullah Saleh and other politicians have been playing the role of an opposition and they have criticised the government for its pro-Pakistaninfo-icon leanings.

Abdullah had been the opposition leader during Hamid Karzai government. Talking at the first death anniversary for late first Vice-President Marshal Qasim Fahim, Abdullah indirectly urged former president Karzai not to choose for himself becoming a future opposition leader.

However, the former president has categorically ruled out his return to politics.

But some political analysts believe that a strong and legal opposition is direly needed in a democratic system in order to prevent the government from unilateral decisions.

One of them, Farooq Bashar, told Pajhwok Afghan News the situation of a societyinfo-icon hung in the balance in absence of opposition. He said a strong opposition was imperative for political development.

He said the current government hung in the balance. He said the unity government leaders had differences over the nomination of a defence minister and if political opposition existed, it would have put pressure on the two leaders to introduce the defence minister soon.

Bashar said the vacuum of opposition had enabled the unity government to decide whatever it wanted.

“Opposition is not created from the government side. Since the two leaders are in government, they cannot play the role of an opposition, which is a party out of the government. The word opposition in the unity government deal has no meaning.”

Another political expert Abdul Hamid Mamnoon said opposition was an essential part of a democratic system. He said opposition prevented the government from wrongdoings and its absence naturally brought under question the very system.

He said currently no political party which was out of the government existed to criticise and investigate the activities of the chief executive branch and give advices to the government. The government was taking advantage of the vacuum, he said.



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