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Govt confirms presidential inauguration delay

Govt confirms presidential inauguration delay

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Feb 26, 2020 - 17:51

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Presidential Palace on Wednesday confirmed delaying the presidential inauguration until March 10 in order to make better preparations for the event, a statement said.

After inclusive and multi-dimensional discussions with technical team, politicians, tribal elders, leadership of the State Builder team and international partners, President Ashraf Ghani on the basis of compromise decided to delay the presidential inauguration till March 10, a statement from the Presidential Palace said.

Rumors about the coronavirus spread, shortage of time for receiving foreign guests and performing more technical work were some of the reasons on the basis of which the presidential event was delayed, the statement said.

The president thanked the nation for patience and understanding the supreme interest of the nation.

Earlier, the presidential inauguration was to take place tomorrow (Thursday), but the US had already said the event was postponed till March 10 on their request.

In a series of tweets, US Special Representative for Afghan Peace Process ZalmayKhalilzad said: “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistaninfo-icon has announced the postponement of tomorrow’s planned presidential inauguration ceremony. I welcome President Ghani’s decision to postpone the event until March 9.”

He added: “This will allow time for necessary consultations so that the best interests of Afghanistan and its people are reflected and preserved by the new government.”

Khalilzad said: “As the electoral process has concluded, President Ghani, as the declared winner, and other leaders should ensure that the new government is inclusive and reflects the aspirations of all Afghans.”

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