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AISS releases research report on govt system

AISS releases research report on govt system

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Dec 05, 2019 - 19:04

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Afghan Institute for Strategic Studies (AISS) on Thursday published an investigative report on power concentration, suggesting the current system is better compared to other forms of government.

On the other hand, Dr. Anwarulhaq Ahadi, head of Afghan Millat political party, said that the system was good, but not the people running it.

Preparing the report ‘Ethnic Groups and Distribution of Political Power in Afghanistaninfo-icon’, 24 people were interviewed in the first four months of 2019 by AISS.

The report was released today in Kabul. Seddiqa Bakhtiar, a researcher of the report, said that the interviewees included members of election teams of Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Ashraf Ghani, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar and Abdul Latif Pedram.

She said two participants of Bonn conference, three members of Loya Jirgainfo-icon, a member of Independent Commission for Overseeing the Implementation of Constitution (ICOIC), one member from each Hizb-i-Islami, Hizb-i-Wahdat Islami, Jamiat-i-Islamiinfo-icon and Junbish-i-Islami parties, one participant from Moscow and Doha conferences, five members of Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon and five others were analysts.

Bakhtyari said a number of the interviewees identified the Bonn conference as one of the reasons of lack of political balance in Afghanistan. There are also some problems in the constitution which lead to monopolization of political power, she said.

“Some participants of the report suggest parliamentary system, presidential system with executive premiership, presidential system with three deputies and federal system for fair distribution of power,” she said.

About the Talibaninfo-icon’s view regarding political changes, she said, “According to those who met with the Taliban in Moscow and Doha believe that Taliban do not support election or presidential system, but they support Islamic Emirate.”

However, Anwarulhaq Ahadi, head of Afghan Milllat party and a supporter of presidential candidate, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, criticized the report.

He said, “There is no problem in the current political system but the problem is with the people who run it.”

He said there was no need for talking about a change of political system considering the current situation of the country. “Important is that how to work for resolving current problems in the system”, he said.

He said that the current system was better than any other system despite having many problems.

Another participant of the program and analyst, Mohayuddin Mahdi also criticized the report and said, “Whether we agree or not, Taliban now have influence on the system, unfortunately Taliban’s views were not incorporated in the political system.”

He also criticized the current system and said now was the time to focus more on election transparency and peace.

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