President, CEO yet to meet after differences resurface
KABUL (Pajhwok): Following CEO Abdullah’s criticism of President Ashraf Ghani, the two leaders were expected to meet on Saturday, but the meeting did not take place for unknown reasons.
Two days ago, the CEO, during a gathering at Sapedar Palace on the International Day of Youth, criticised Ghani over some issues and said he had been left with no option but to openly speak about matters he was in dispute with the president.
The CEO said he could not hold a single meeting with the president in three months to talk about promises made under the unity government deal.
The unity government agreement calls for the creation of a prime ministerial post for the CEO, convening a Loya Jirga to amend the Constitution, introducing electoral reforms and issuing computerised identify cards and others.
Abdullah expressed his displeasure over non-implementation of the unity government agreement in the given time of two years and over the president’s dealing with ministers.
Abdullah said he was the first person who accepted Ghani as president, adding discussion and debate was usual practice in governance but if a person had no patience to discuss issues he had not right to be the president.
However, the Presidential Palace on Friday in a statement said: “Unfortunately remarks by the CEO are not in accordance with the principles of governance; because the governance is based on legal norms and principles, according to which implementation takes place.”
It was scheduled the two leaders would meet on Saturday, however, Javed Faisal, deputy spokesman to the CEO, told Pajhwok Afghan News the meeting was yet to take place.
As relations between the unit government leaders got troubled, the president and the CEO held meetings with different groups.
A statement from the CEO office said Dr. Abdullah had meetings with leaders and political figures regarding the political situation of Afghanistan.
It said the meeting held at Spaedar Palace and leaders and political figures, while expressing support for the CEO’s recent programmes and views, stressed unconditional implementation of the political accord and execution of reforms in the system.
Similarly, it was said the president also held a meeting with his election team members at the Presidential Palace on Friday night, however there were no details of the meeting.
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