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Unity govt’s popularity declines among Afghan youth

Unity govt’s popularity declines among Afghan youth

Jan 10, 2016 - 22:10

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The trust of the Afghan youth in their government has declined, and they are not happy with the performance of President Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, a new survey released on Sunday said, noting poverty and unemployment as major challenges the youth face.

Conducted by the Democracy International (DI), 4,020 young Afghans, aged 18-25 years, were interviewed in 402 villages of all the provinces and students of public and private universities in a dozen provinces.

The survey revealed the Afghan youth was more worried about their economic situation than the country’s political situation, with 82 percent of respondents calling illiteracy and 72 percent calling joblessness their major concerns.

It said educated youth were more interested in the country’s politics than less educated or uneducated, as in every 10 uneducated or less educated youngsters, four persons said they were interested in national and regional politics, but seven persons in each 10 educated youth said they were interested.

The survey said the Afghan youth’s trust in the unity government had eroded. A 37 percent of illiterate and less educated Afghans said they had trust in the parliament, 39 percent they said had trust in the unity government, 43 percent in the president and 44 percent in the chief executive.

The poll said 90 percent of the Afghan youth believed politicians worked for their own interests and benefits. The desire for peace in Afghanistaninfo-icon among the youth has increased as compared to the past. The survey said 64 percent of the youth backed the peace process.

Technical advisor with the Democracy International, Zakriya Barakzai, who released the survey, said the Afghan youth were mainly concerned about their economic issues as well as about the political situation.

He said despite widespread enthusiasm among the youth to partake in political activities, their role in the mainstream politics remained lukewarm. He urged the government to address problems faced by the youth, considering the new survey.

The Presidency and the Chief Executive Office welcomed the survey and said the youth were the backbone of the country and stressed the youth’s role in diverse fields to help steer the country out of the current crises.

Government representatives, who attended the survey launch, said the government would devise plans keeping in view the survey’s findings.

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