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Alokozay calls for national uprising to dethrone Ghani

Alokozay calls for national uprising to dethrone Ghani

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Jun 18, 2019 - 18:22

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): A presidential candidate on Tuesday said it was illegal for the president to continue his job beyond the end of his mandate on May 22, calling for a national uprising to oust the current government.

Mohammad Ibrahim Alokozay, a presidential candidate, talking to a press conference here, criticized President Ashraf Ghani for what he alleged fueling tribal, regional and linguistic differences in the country.

He said the security situation had worsened and hundreds of Afghan youth lost their lives in the war on a daily basis since the establishment of the national unity government.

“There is need the people get united and create a national uprising for putting an end to the current government and ongoing miseries in this country”, he said.

He criticized new appointments in the government and said, “Despite protests from presidential candidates, Ghani continues appointing and replacing officials in the government.”

“The steps Ghani is taking are not in the interest of the nation but to grab power”, he said.

Alokozay said presidential candidates were seriously worried that Ghani would manipulate the next presidential election and the situation right now indicated the polls would not be fair and transparent.

Addressing the current election commissioners, he said, “Do not accept pressure, whenever you face pressure you should contact candidates’ council, keep your independency because the Afghan people have hopes from you.”

Alokozay asked the Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon) to stop unscheduled and illegal election campaigns by sending letters to candidates.

Pointing to candidates’ protests, he said, “If we close roads, officials of the Presidential Palace would hide behind containers and people will face problems, but we will never let elections under the leadership of Ghani.”

Maulana Hasibullah Rahmani, an Islamic scholar who was present in the conference, said President Ghani had promised he would fill tables of people with food before he was elected as president, but his election erased food people already had.

Pointing to lack of transparency in governance, he said, “We do not want ordered leaders in future, we want leaders whose children should be present in this country and fight in war instead of living a luxury life in foreign countries.”

Pajhwok Afghan News tried to contact President Ghani’s election team for comment about Alokozay’s statements, but failed.

However, the Presidential Palace had earlier said the Supreme Court was the only interpreter of law and the president would continue in his job following the Supreme Court’s decision.

The source had said that figures and political parties could not interpret the law with their own desire.

Mohammad Hasham Elyasi, secretary and spokesman of Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) about earlier election campaigns last week had said, “Whenever there is an election violation reported by someone, the IECC is responsible to respond, but we have not received any complaints on the regard so far.”

He said that presidential candidates had been formally asked to avoid early campaigns.

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