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Abdullah camp warns to form own cabinet

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ABUL: A close aide to Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, a self-proclaimed president of Afghan presidential vote, has threatened to announce parallel cabinet if Ashraf Ghani—a declared winner of Afghan election by electoral body, did not stop high level appointments.

In the past few days, President Ghani appointed Mohammad Haneef Atmar, the former national security advisor as nominee and acting minister of foreign affairs—Abdul Haid Arghandiwal, as finance minister, Tahir Zuhar, as nomine for post of minister of information and culture, Daud Sultanzoi, as Kabul Mayor, Mohammad Shaker Kargar as chief of staff, Sayed Wahid Qatali as the governor Herat province, and Mohammad Youb Salanig as the deputy head of the Independent Directorate of Local Governance for finance and administrative affairs.  

Fazal Ahmad Manawi, a close ally of Abdullah team warned against such appointments.

The team is not a rebel without a cause as they threatened to form a parallel cabinet, but if President Ghani halt appointing until to reach a consensus as Afghan leaders already started medication between the feuding leaders.

In his twitter account, Manawi wrote that there was no equation, which excluded people’s dignity and mandate.

Abdullah seems to have turned down his appointment as head of the Supreme Peace Council, according to his aide, rejecting a repeated offer by president Ghani in an attempt to persuade his dissenting rival to stop a protracted political hostility.

President Ghani who met with Afghan senators on Friday night said “the country’s affairs won’t be possible with existence of a two-headed government” and that the political stratum should unit. Seeking an end to the standoff, Ghani offered the leadership of high people council to Abdullah.

The country’s warring leaders – President Ashraf Ghani and his estranged ally Abdullah – appeared inching closer to a rapprochement last week as presidential aide Waheed Omer said a positive progress was made in the ongoing talks between the two teams.

But strong indications have emerged after a batch of high-profile politicians met with him. Attempting to end Ghani-Abdullah standoff, former president Hamid Karzai, former mujahideen leader Abdul Rab Rasul Sayyaf, and former VPs Yunus Qanooni and Karim Khalili met with Abdullah. Sayyaf has said things are going in the “right direction”.

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