CEO's Office Dismisses Ex-governors' Statements on Legitimacy

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Formed by ex-governors, Afghanistan Governors Union Tuesday blasted government over its failure to abide by the political agreement signed between President Ashraf Ghani and his CEO Abdullah Abdullah following the 2014 controversial elections.

Referring to the two–year time frame mentioned in the accord, the governors said that the present government will lose its credibility after 19 September when the NUG agreement ends.

“From a legal perspective, government loses its credibility after 19 September. Only two campaign teams remain at ARG (Presidential Palace) and Sapidar Palace (CEO’s office),” said head of Afghanistan Governors Union, Abdul Jabbar Taqwa.

But, the CEO’s office has hit back at the assertions, saying that the agreement was for five years and that the two-year time period was to conduct the Loya Jirga.

“The national unity government was formed for five years. The two-year time limit mentioned was to convene the Loya Jirga. More works is going to be done. Government is determined to meet its commitments it has made to the people so that the way is paved for 100 percent implementation of the national unity government accord,” said Jawed Faisal, spokesman to CEO.

The governors accused government leaders of continued bargaining over power sharing issues.

“Unfortunately the two leaders failed to implement the accord and the crisis has further increased over the last two years,” said former governor of Sar-e-Pul Abdul Jabbar Haqbin.

Former governors also unveiled a plan, suggesting an alternate to the present government, saying the plan will be put forward for discussions with Afghan political leaders and parties.

“If the plan outlined by the Afghan Governors Union is approved by all sides, we will unveil our plan after 19 September when the government tenure expires,” said Abdul Jabbar Taqwa, head of Afghanistan Governors Union.

“I believe that the government tenure has expired on the basis of the agreement signed,” said Amir Mohammad Akhundzada, former governor of Nimroz.

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