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Unity government has no legitimacy after Sept 8: Ahadi

Unity government has no legitimacy after Sept 8: Ahadi

Aug 10, 2016 - 17:48

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): New National Front (NNF) political opposition party on Wednesday stressed solution to problems faced by Afghan refugees and asked the government to call a grand meeting of politicians and influential individuals to discuss the unity government’s legitimacy.

Unity government deal

The unity government deal reached between then presidential candidates Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah in September 2014 after the disputed presidential election.

The agreement binds the unity government to call into session a Loya Jirgainfo-icon to bring about necessary amendments to the country’s Constitution and create the new post of a prime minister for the Chief Executive in two years.

The president is responsible to open a debate on the prime ministerial post in the Loya Jirga and announce creation of the position, according to the agreement.

Electoral reforms, elections to the Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon and district councils are other major parts of the deal which are yet to be materialized.

The two-year deadline for holding a Loya Jirga is completing on September 8, but there is no indication from both the president and the CEO to do so.

Addressing a press conference here, NNF chief Anwarul Haq Ahadi said holding Wolesi Jirga elections and implementing reforms in the election system were not possible until September 8 as the unity government was faced with several other challenges.

He asked the government to convene a grand meeting of politicians and influential personalities because the unity government deal could not give legitimacy to the currently setup.

 “We are not in favor of chaos, but to give the current government legitimacy, for which calling a meeting of politicians and influential personalities is mandatory,” the former minister believed.

No government official could be reached for comments about Ahadi’s remarks despite efforts.


The NNF head denounced Pakistaninfo-icon’s treatment of Afghan refugees and termed it inhuman. He said the six-month deadline set by Pakistan for Afghans to leave was illogical as repatriation of all refugees in this period was not possible.

He said Afghanistaninfo-icon was not prepared to afford a large number of refugees and asked Islamabad to extend the stay of Afghan migrants there.

Ahadi asked the international community to talk with Pakistan about the situation of refugees and compel Islamabad to respect international laws.



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