AGA working on alternative to current government
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Governors Association (AGA) on Wednesday said the unity government’s legitimacy would end on September 19 and the association was working on an alternate solution to the current set-up.
Comprised of several former governors, the AGA was established in 1394 solar year.
Addressing a press conference, Abdul Jabbar Taqwa, AGA head, said the current political, economic, cultural and social situations of the country had worsened and the unity government leaders had failed to honour their promises.
Calling the current situation of great concern, Taqwq said around 300 security personnel and civilians were being killed on a daily basis.
He called the government as incompetent for losing control over a number of districts and areas to Taliban militants.
He said differences between the government leaders, law violations inside the government, militant threats to security and deceiving the nation by the leaders were other problems facing the country.
The former governor said the Afghans were losing faith in the government with each passing day because the leaders had failed to implement their pledges.
Pointing to the political agreement of the national unity government, Taqwa said: “The national unity government would be illegitimate after September 19, what would remain after that would be only two election campaign teams at the Presidential Palace and the chief executive office.”
The unity government deal was 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 Jirga 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.
The two-year deadline for holding a Loya Jirga is completing on September 19, but there is no indication from both the president and the CEO to do so.
Taqwa said the AGA had been waiting over the past two years for the government leaders to implement their pledges, but they did not.
That was why the AGA has working jointly with national figures and political parties on an alternative to the current government in order to steer the country out of the crisis towards political stability, he added.
The plan if agreed by important sides would be shared with the people before September 19, he said.
Three days ago, AGA members during a news conference called the government as illegitimate and warned people would themselves take action and put to an end the leadership of current leaders.
However, president’s spokesman had said the legal term of the unity government was five years.
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