Monday, 16 September 2019 09:58 GMT

Candidates warn of 'serious consequences' if Ghani overstays in power

(MENAFN - Afghanistan Times) By FarhadNaibkhel

KABUL:Majority of presidential runners on Monday warned the
leaders of the National Unity Government of 'negative consequences' if the
president stays in power after his term ends on May 22nd.

Hopefuls of 12 out of 18 electoral tickets appeared in a
press briefing and strongly opposed government's writ after two days as it gets

For them NUG has no legitimacy after May 22nd and the 12
candidates had once gain reiterated over two alternatives to address the issue;
1- If the incumbent president gives up as a candidate, he can lead the acting
government until the new elected government comes in; the option also includes
vice presidents, who can continue their jobs if they abandon their electoral
tickets; 2- caretaker government is the next option if the president did not step
down from presidency.

Furthermore, they called continuation work of NUG leaders in
contrary in principle of all governing affairs and against the constitution.

We will use all legal and possible means against NUG leaders
if they keep working after 22nd May, HaneefAtmar, former National Security
Advisor and a presidential candidate told the newsmen.

Giving deaf hear to our legal demands would have bad
consequences for President Ghani, he said, who warned of using every tools to
make him obey the law.

According to him, all the candidates would exercise all
possible and legal means through nation and politician's consensus against President
Ghani and other elements breaching the law. 'If president Ghani continue working
after 22nd May, he will be responsible for any bad consequences,' he cautioned.

Cautioning to the senior officials of the government, Atmar
said those, who support president Ghani in breaching law will also be responsible
for crisis.

Pointing toward Supreme Court decision regarding extension
of President Ghani's term based on constitution interpretation, he said that
lawyers and advocates have no consensus over it.

Moreover, he said President Ghani had lost his credibility
before the nation and has no capacity to run free, fair and transparent nationwide

Coming up with an example, he said running of a
controversial parliament election and twice delay in holding presidential
election is a very much clear sign over his (President Ghani) incompetence.

Additionally, he touched upon ongoing peace talks and
revocation of intra-Afghan talks in Doha. 'Missing intra-Afghan talks is a big
failure in the ongoing peace process,' he said, putting President Ghani's wrong
policy as main factor behind its cancelation.

He said this government is not loyal to the peace process
and it would not spare any efforts to create barrier ahead of peace until
electionin a bid to comeback in power for more five years through frauds.

We hoped NUG leaders accept candidate's suggestion and obey
the law, said another presidential hopeful Ahamd Wali Masoud. 'Responsibility
for the bad outcomes after May 22nd is utterly rest on the shoulder of NUG
leaders,' he warned.

Another candidate Enayatullah Hafiz has expressed grave
regrets over Supreme Court's decision regarding extension of President Ghani's term,saying
President Ghani must have stop individualism.

He also called on Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah not to remain
silent in such a crucial situation.

But President Ghani's Deputy Spokesman Shahussain Murtazawai
says presidential candidates had nothing new in their briefing, where he put
Supreme Court as the only source to interpreting the Constitution, not
individuals or groups.


Candidates warn of 'serious consequences' if Ghani overstays in power

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