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Baghlan elders pan CEO remarks on parallel govt

Baghlan elders pan CEO remarks on parallel govt

Feb 23, 2020 - 13:35

PUL-I-KHUMRI (Pajhwok): Tribal elders in northern Baghlan province on Sunday voiced aversion to Dr. Abdullah’s statement on the creation of a parallel government.

In reaction to the Stability and Partnership team leader’s remarks, dozens of tribal elders called the statement an anathema to the constitution and democratic principles.

Last week, the Independent Election Commission unveiled the final results from the September 2019 presidential polls after delays due to rigging claims.

The commission declared President Ashraf Ghani as the winner, saying he had been re-elected with 50.64% of the vote for a second term in office.

Ghani’s main rival Abdullah, who finished second with 39.52% of votes, contested the result, declared victory and vowed to form a parallel and inclusive government.

At a gathering here, one elder Mullahinfo-icon Mohammad Alam Motmain said: “We don’t want the creation of a government. Bow is the time for all to work for promoting peace talks instead of creating new problems.”

He said after the announcement of the final outcome of the presidential vote, nobody reserved the right to create problems. People would rise against anyone trying to set up an illegal administration in Baghlan, he warned.

“Those who intended to form a national unity government should have revealed their plan five months back. Now that they are getting out of government, they are trying to regain power by advancing this spurious argument.”

Haji Abdul Rahman, another elder, alleged a number of Kabulinfo-icon-based individuals were striving to create what they called an inclusive and broad-based government to remain in power forever.

“But people have now become aware and will never allow strongmen to force their way to power. Such self-centred individuals should work for peace instead of seeking to manipulate their way to power,” he suggested.

Karim Shinwari believed that announcing the formation of a parallel government in a war-hit country like Afghanistaninfo-icon was not in the interest of anyone.

Efforts for the establishment of the so-called broad-based government would open floodgates to a new political crisis in the country, Shinwari warned.

Other participants of the gathering also lashed out at recent activities, including a reshuffle of top government officials, by the Stability and Partnership team.



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