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Newly-launched party calls for fresh presidential polls

Newly-launched party calls for fresh presidential polls

Jan 14, 2016 - 18:51

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Afghanistaninfo-icon’s New National Front, led by Anwarul Haq Ahadi, on Thursday formally declared its existence, calling the unity government “a failure” and demanded fresh presidential elections.

At the party’s launch ceremony, Ahadi said their political movement was aimed at strengthening of the rule of law, democracy, bringing political reforms, ending corruption and maintaining social justice in the country.

About the unity government’s one and a half years performance, the former minister said the regime was absolutely a failed one and fresh elections should be called soon.

“We can’t tolerate the government for another three years, so I want the presidential elections to be conducted simultaneously with the parliamentary and district council elections.”

Ahadi said the unity government enjoyed a weak legitimacy and its continuation was unacceptable.

Ahadi said electoral reforms were yet to take place and suggestions of the Electoral Reform Commission were also incomplete and the government had also failed to facilitate electoral reform.

About the peace talks, he said the process was a failure and the news of a fresh round of peace talks from the government was only to deceive the masses.

The government had badly affected the peace process due to its poor management, he said, adding that in the current situation, peace talks were a useless practice and a new strategy was needed in this regard.

Ahadi also said holding parliamentary election between summer and autumn was not possible and even not possible in the current year.

“The continuation of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) work is also not acceptable for us because the position has been created on the basis of an understanding which is against the constitution.”

“We don’t want to change the central government system to a decentralised one, the current government system should remain unchanged but the sitting government should be replaced by a new one after fresh presidential elections,” he remarked.

Seddiq Ahmad Patman, a member of the front’s leadership council, said their front was formed of six formal and 11 informal political parties as well as a number of parliament members. “We are the first ever opposition having clear porgrammes.”


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