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MPs continue criticizing new political front

MPs continue criticizing new political front

Jul 03, 2017 - 22:25

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): A number of Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon or lower house members kept continued criticizing a new political alliance between three major ethnic groups on Monday, with the first deputy speaker saying the coalition resulted from President Ghani’s poor leadership.

Acting foreign minister Salahuddin Rabbani, who is chief executive of the Jamiat-i-Islamiinfo-icon Afghanistaninfo-icon (JIA), senior colleague Atta Mohammad Noor and first deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mohammad Mohaqiq, who is also leader of the Hezb-i-Wahdat Mardumi party, recently visited 1st VP Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum in Ankara city of Turkey.

Reports said the meeting had agreed upon establishment of a new political front named “High Council of Coalition for Salvation of Afghanistan”.

The alliance identified its priorities as full implementation of the unity government’s agreement, restoration of legitimate authorities to 1st VP Gen. Dostum and ministers, and reinstatement of CEO and his deputies’ authorities.

On Monday, Wolesi Jirga’s first deputy speaker Humayun Humayun, who chaired the session, said if the new political alliance was aimed at safeguarding the government and the system, then was a good action.

Talking to lawmakers, Humayun said: “Do not worry about the alliance, it is government’s headache, so we should stay neutral.”

He believed the political tension stemmed from President Ashraf Ghani’s poor management. He urged the president to hold talks with the three minority leaders.

He said if the coalition demanded ‘extra privileges’ from the national unity government, then the president should share the issue with the nation and the alliance should be stopped from making illegal demands.

Humayon said the president had separate coalitions with each of the three political leaders and the people knew that.

“If the president remains committed to honoring his promises with each of them, I think no problem will arise,” he said.

However, a number of lawmakers criticized the coalition outside the country, saying the coalition was created to protect personal interests.

Ali Akbar Qasemi from southern Ghazni province said the three-party coalition was a threat to the people and was against the national interests and the Constitution.

Hamida Ahmadzai, another member of the house, said announcing the coalition against the government while part of it was a shameful act.

“This coalition is created for personal interests and the leaders want to implement the agendas of neighboring countries by obtaining money from them,” she said.

She also called the coalition was against the national interests and the Constitution and it leaders should not be allowed to use government machinery against the government. A number of other lawmakers held similar views.


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