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Afghan Candidates Demand Ghani Step Down or Withdraw From Election

Afghan Candidates Demand Ghani Step Down or Withdraw From Election

ISLAMABAD — A majority of presidential candidates in Afghanistan have demanded that President Ashraf Ghani either step down at the end of his tenure or withdraw his candidacy for the next election.

In a joint declaration issued Monday, 12 out of 18 candidates said the legal term for the current government ends on May 22 and unless Ghani decides to step out of the race, the only way forward is for a temporary government to carry out the elections.

The presidential elections were supposed to be held before the end of the current administration's five-year term, but have been postponed several times due to management and technical problems and lack of preparation by the election commission.

A few weeks ago, the country's Supreme Court allowed the current government to continue until the next polls, currently scheduled for September; however, fear of manipulation to influence the outcome is driving the candidates to demand an interim government.

"We have to find a way to bring everyone on the same page and ensure that no one is using the power or the authority of the government for winning," said Shaida Mohammad Abdali, a candidate who did not join the call for Ghani to step down.

 

Aliqismet BADALOV,
“Khalq qazeti”

14 2019 15:29 -

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