The commission responsible for monitoring the implementation of the National Unity Government’s (NUG) political agreement, along with a number of political parties and officials from the Chief Executive’s Office, gathered on Tuesday to assess government’s activities since its establishment in September 2014.
Delegates at the gathering – named NUG’s Political Agreement: From Signing To Implementation – claimed that the NUG has failed to implement the accord over the past year and a half.
“The NUG has not been able to implement the political agreement over the past 19 months. We will call it a failed government if it does not practice the details of the agreement – in the months ahead,” said Waqif Hakimi, a member of Jamiat-e Islami Party.
Meanwhile, the CEO’s cultural advisor Sayed Aqa Fazil Sancharaki said that a delay in bringing reforms to electoral bodies, the delay in starting work by the commission responsible for organizing a constitutional Loya Jirga (Grand Assembly), the failure to issue electronic National Identity Cards, and a monopoly of political power by the president (Ashraf Ghani) are among the biggest challenges before the NUG.
“One of the main problems that has prevented us from implementing the agreement was the lack of a schedule – and why was there no commitment from government in this regard,” he said.
The head of the commission responsible for the implementation of the National Unity Government’s (NUG) political agreement, Mohammad Natiqi, meanwhile criticized the NUG leaders for a lack of speed in fulfilling the promises and implementing the contents of the agreement.
“I do not call the NUG as a failed government, but I want to say that we have a lazy government. It is two years and it was expected that they would do many things but little has been done [by them],” he said.
The NUG’s political agreement was signed between the two front-runners of the 2014 presidential palace – the incumbent President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah – in order to end the disputed poll following claims of widespread rigging.