Dostum says no intention to part ways with govt
KABUL (Pajhwok): First Vice-President Abdul Rashid Dostum on Thursday said he had no intention to part ways with the unity government, but complained most of the election campaign promises with people could not be honoured so far.
Addressing a convention of his Junbish Milli Party’s youth wing in Kabul, the Uzbek leader said there were some problems within the unity government, but rumours that the government might collapse were baseless.
“I am the VP and have some reservations, but I am not resigning. How can I quit the government, in the creation of which we made a lot of efforts.”
Dostum said the unity government had not yet fulfilled even 10 percent of its campaign promises, but encouraged his followers that problems would resolve gradually. “Politics and war demand patience.”
About 3000 people from 27 provinces took part in the gathering, with participats renewing their call for the creation of a youth ministry.
In response to this demand, Dostum said: “I still stand firm on my promise and I have proposed the conversion of the Information and Culture Ministry into the youth ministry.”
The VP said he supported the youth and had always encouraged them to pursue higher studies and serve their country. He said the youth should continue their studies beyond master’s degree to better serve the people.
He also asked the youth to widely participate in the upcoming parliamentary elections and field youth who had leadership abilities. Dostum said his daughter would be among the candidates.
The VP also asked the youth not to flee from Afghanistan to foreign countries and instead participate in their country’s rebuilding.
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