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Ghani govt illegitimate after May 22: Paiwand-i-Milli

Ghani govt illegitimate after May 22: Paiwand-i-Milli

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May 29, 2019 - 18:27

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Paiwand-i-Milli party on Wednesday said President Ashraf Ghani’s administration work beyond May 22 was against the law and asked presidential candidates and political parties to provide an alternate plan for running the government.

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

Last month, the Supreme Court endorsed President Ashraf Ghani’s plea regarding the extension of his government work till presidential election.

Mohammad Ershad Manavi, senior member of the Hizb-i-Paiwand, told a gathering here: “After the completion of the presidential tenure, there is the need to pick another person as caretaker to run the country and to ensure there is no power vacuum,” he said.

Melad Yousufzada, a university lecturer, said the unity government was established based on a political agreement which ended three years back and there was the need for another agreement. He said the unity government was no longer legitimate as per the Constitution because it was a politically agreed setup.

Presidential election hopefuls on Monday termed President Ashraf Ghani’s stay in office beyond May 22 as unconstitutional and warned all options for the creation of a caretaker government were on the table

Eleven presidential candidates attended a press conference here and presented their alternative plan for continuation of the government after its five year term expired May 22.

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