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Govt to lose legitimacy on May 22: Presidential runners

Govt to lose legitimacy on May 22: Presidential runners

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Apr 21, 2019 - 09:50

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): A number of presidential candidates on Saturday said they had prepared a plan for the continuation of the government, whose tenure ends on May 22.

The strategy will be shared the nation and global community in near future. The candidates claim the incumbent government will lose all political and legal legitimacy after May 22.

A joint statement from presidential candidates Ahmad Wali Massoud, Rahmatullah Nabil, Enayatullah Hafiz, Ghulam Farooq Nijrabi, Faramarz Tamanna, Ibrahim Alokozay, Hakim Torsan, Hanif Atmar, Shahab Hakimi, Noor Rahman Lewal and Noorul Haq Ulumi said: “At a meeting on April 19, we discussed the current government’s tenure that ends on May 22, when it would lose its political and legal legitimacy.”

Article 61 of the constitution says: “The presidential term shall expire on the 1st of Jawza (May 22) of the fifth year after elections.”

The statement said: “We will soon offer an alternative plan for the continuation of the government to the Afghan people and the international community after May 22, and we will seek the new plan’s implementation,”

The source said that the candidates did not agree on the formation of any interim government. “Recent rumors and statements regarding candidates’ agreement on creating an interim government are false and it is not our stance,” the source added.

“We once again make clear we don’t support the creation of an interim government, but we can’t tolerate the continuation of an illegal and illegitimate administration.

“Therefore, we will soon announce an alternative plan and the relevant details at a press conference,” the statement added.

Earlier, the Presidential Palace had said that President Ashraf Ghani would remain in office until the results of the next presidential election were announced.

The presidential vote is scheduled for September 28. Ashraf Ghani is among 18 candidates running for the presidency.

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