Friday, 20 September 2019 02:41 GMT

Afghanistan- Editorial: Ghani is under pressure to vacate office

(MENAFN - Afghanistan Times) Amidst gearing electioneering activities in connection with
the Presidential polls scheduled to be held in coming September, sitting
President Dr. Ashraf Ghani is being asked by rival candidates to vacate the office
as his term is already expired on May 22. Beside others sitting Chief Executive
Dr. Abdullah Abdullah who is also contesting for the top slot for third time
has demanded of President Dr. Ashraf Ghani to vacate the office, which
according to him is 'essential for ensuring polls transparency and
impartiality.' Presidential candidate, Haneef Atmar praised his rival in the
September polling, Abdullah Abdullah for asking President Ghani to leave the
office as his legal term ended. Similar demand was made earlier by 12 other
aspirants otherwise warning against 'other options' if he remained in power. So
far President Ghani has rejected the demand saying that he was allowed by the
Supreme Court to stay in power until a new president comes. But Abdullah said that
the constitution clarified May 22 as the last work day of president. Atmar has
praised Abdullah's stance as 'realistic'.The politicians also threatened
to stage 'nationwide demonstrations' to topple President Ghani's government if
he did not step down. The demonstrations were called to be staged after the Eid
ul Fitr which comes at the end of the holy month of Ramadan. In the wake of
such demands and threats, now common people are also uncertain and their fears
of further violence due to increasing hostilities amongst the Presidential
aspirants are fueling day by day. No doubt to mention that earlier the war
affected countrymen made disappointed when prolong round of talks between US
Special Envoy Dr. Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban political office terminated
without any positive outcomes in second week of current May. Khalilzad has
earlier suggested President Ghani to delay holding of the Presidential
elections with a view to encourage the Taliban. But Ghani has declined to do
so. In fact, circumstances since 2014 proved that polls couldn't resolve the
long awaited conflict. The conflict needs to be resolved through peaceful and
political ways, therefore Afghan leadership needs to back all those options
aimed at bringing the Taliban into mainstream of existing political process.
Afghanistan is suffering and suffered a lot due to imposed hostilities. Its
people couldn't afford further strange pulling for perks and powers. It is the
time for leadership to realize their responsibilities at this crucial stage and
save the country of plunging into another era of hostilities and crises.


Afghanistan- Editorial: Ghani is under pressure to vacate office


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