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Govt leaders’ differences against national interests: MPs

Govt leaders’ differences against national interests: MPs

Aug 13, 2016 - 17:39

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): A number of parliament members and political experts have demanded a negotiated end to differences between the two government leaders, saying the political wrangling would create more problems in the country.

Two days earlier, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, addressing a meeting in capital Kabul, criticised President Ashraf Ghani’s leadership and said he was obliged to express his differences with Ghani publicly.

He said essential pledges of the national unity government agreement such as convening a Loya Jirgainfo-icon, amending the Constitution to create the post of a prime minister to replace the executive directorate and introduce electoral reforms had not been implemented so far.

He said non-distribution of electronic national identity cards and appointments in government offices without his consultation were issues breaching the agreement.

Abdullah also expressed concern about the president’s behavior with ministers and said Ghani did not meet him during the past three months.

However, the Presidential Palace in a statement on Friday said politicians, governmental authorities, scholars, tribal elders and people, keeping in view the country’s sensitive situation, should try their best for unity help address the current problems.

The statement said the national unity government under the leadership of President Ghani had managed the country’s problems with full patience and had significant achievements during the past two years.

“We regret the statements of Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, such statements from the CEO are against the norms and morality of the government, because governance is based on legal rules that we have to follow for our performances,” the statement added.

Nazir Ahmad Hanafi, a lawmaker from western Herat province, told Pajhwok Afghan News “the conflict inside the government is like a worm which gradually eats up the tree.”

The lower house member insisted on solution to the dispute between the two government leaders through negotiations and said persistence of the differences was not in the interest of Afghanistaninfo-icon.

Pointing to insecurity and interference of neighbouring countries in Afghanistan, he said the dispute among the leaders in such a situation would create more problems.

Abdullah Qarlaq, who represents Kunduz province in Meshrano Jirgainfo-icon or upper house of parliament, said:“The government leaders should work for unity and law enforcement rather than indulging in disputes that empower our enemies and damage our people.” 

He asked the unity government leaders to tolerate and understand each other because their dispute would destroy the country.

Waheed Muzhda, a political expert, said: “As the national unity government establishment was illegal, there also not exists a legal solution their differences, except negotiations.”

He said the differences would fuel political crisis and people’s distrust in the government.

Bashir Bezhan, a political expert, said “hostility between the leaders would leave a great negative impact on the people because people are still unable to understand realities.”

He believed the government leaders had complete alignment, but they showed disagreement to keep people busy in order to hide their corruption.

“If the unity government leaders abandon their dispute, people would think about an alternative government,” Bezhan said.

Bezhan said during the past two years, the government leaders had been skipping their responsibilities and if the situation continued, it would increase the political tension that would ultimately overthrow the government.


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