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Lawmakers split over Ghani-Abdullah power-sharing deal

Lawmakers split over Ghani-Abdullah power-sharing deal

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May 20, 2020 - 16:25

 

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Some members of the Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon on Wednesday called the power-sharing deal between President Ashraf Ghani and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah as ‘a disgrace’ and violation of the constitution, while others welcomed it.

Following months of political wrangling, President Ashraf Ghani and Dr. Abdullah signed a power-sharing deal.

In line with the agreement, Abdullah will lead the High Council of National Reconciliation. The council will have executive authority.

The high council would be formed of political leaders, national figures and the president would give consultation in important issues.

According to the agreement, Dr. Abdullah will lead NRHC in Sapidar Palace and the council will have five deputies – two from Stability and Partnership team and the rest from President Ashraf Ghani camp.

Based on the agreement, the NRHC chief will lead all negotiations of the national reconciliation process, national peace process and has the authority to appoint the staff for the State Ministry of Peace.

Hafizullah Jalili, a lawmaker from capital Kabul, told today’s session: “The signing of the political agreement between the two leaders is “disgraceful” and they both are not the real winners and with this act, they buried the democracy.”

Khalid Asad, a representative from Paktika province, said: “The deal between the two doctors (Ghani and Abdullah) was on power, and there is nothing that would change people’s lives.”

He added the leaders were only thirsty of power and nobody would cast vote for them anymore.

Semin Barakzai, a representative from Herat, said: “According to the disgraceful agreement, the election commission should be canceled because people’s votes did not play a key role in determining the fate of the government and millions of dollars are spent on the unfair process.”

Some other lawmakers held similar views and called the political agreement as shameful.

But some other MPs welcomed the power-sharing deal. Ali Akbar Jamshidi, a people’s representative from Daikunid, said: “The political agreement was necessary and the desire of the people.”

He expressed hope that the agreement would pave the way for peace and stability in the country and lead to lasting peace.

Mirza Mohammad Katawazi, first deputy speaker, welcomed the agreement, saying that all points in the agreement should be implemented in order to address problems existed in the country.

Sa/ma

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