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Abdullah opposes appointment of 4 governors

Abdullah opposes appointment of 4 governors

May 20, 2015 - 21:25

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah on Wednesday opposed the appointment of four provincial governors by President Ashraf Ghani.

A unity government official told Pajhwok Afghan News Abdullah expressed his opposition at a Cabinet meeting chaired by President Ghani.

A day earlier, the Independent Directorate of Local Governance said eight governors had been named and they would be soon formally introduced to the respective provinces.

It said Salim Khan Kunduzi had been appointed as the governor of eastern Nangarhar province, Halim Fidai as governor of Logar, Nasratullah Arsala as governor of Paktia, Tahir Zaheer as governor of Bamyan, Wahidullah Kalimzai of Kunar, Aminullah Sharif of Paktika, Mirza Khan Rahimi of Helmand and Mohammad Sami of Nimroz province.

But Abdullah opposed the individuals being appointed as governors of Helmand, Bamyan, Paktika and Nimroz provinces, the source said.

He said Helmand and Bamyan had gone to Abdullah in the distribution of provinces and governors for these provinces had been named without taking him into confidence.

He said Abdullah insisted the people of Paktika wanted former governor Abdul Karim Matin to be reappointed as their governor.

Matin was removed as Paktika governor after he allegedly claimed that the National Security Council had distributed money to Daesh fighters in the province.

The source said Abdullah was satisfied with the appointment of the governors for Nangarhar, Kunar, Logar and Paktia provinces.

IDLG spokesman Tawab Ghorzang expressed his unawareness about Abdullah’s opposition.


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