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Halt high-level appointments, president urged

Halt high-level appointments, president urged

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Apr 05, 2020 - 14:18

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Amid a political deadlock in the country, senior figures on Sunday called for President Ashraf Ghani to temporarily halt high-level appointments.

Ex-president Hamid Karzai, religious scholar Abdul Rab Rasoul Sayyaf, former speaker Yunus Qanuni and Karim Khalili issued the call in a joint statement.

The also urged then chief executive officer and Ghani’s main political foe Dr. Abdullah to exercise restraint and resolve his differences with Ghani in the supreme national interest.

“We hope peace talks will start as soon as possible,” said the top politicians, who have been trying to convince the feuding leaders to bury the hatchet.

Ghani recently nominated Hanif Atmar as minister of foreign affairs; Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal as minister of finance; Tahir Zuhair as minister of information and culture, Daud Sultanzoy, as Kabul mayor; Shaker Kargar as chief of staff as Syed Wahid Qatali as Herat governor.

The president is expected to make even more appointments over the next few days and refer his nominees to the parliament for a vote of confidence.

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