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Ghani lose support of young blood: Survey

By Akhtar M.Nikzad-KABUL: The National Unity Government has lost support of the youth, said a survey launched by the Election Watch Organization of Afghanistan, a watchdog.

According to the survey, most of young Afghans who voted in the 2014 presidential election are disappointed and questions performance and developmental schemes of the government.

“The 2,500 educated youth interviewed have said they are really disappointed with what the leaders of the government are doing,” a member of the survey team Habibullah Shinwari said Sunday. The survey interviewed the youth of 14 districts in six provinces.

“They are especially dissatisfied with the inattention of government in bringing reforms in the administrations and giving chance to them in making decision.”

He said that the youth had several problems particularly unemployment and the deteriorating security.

“Majority of the youth clarified that government has no policy to pave the ground for their participation in the government,” the survey said.

It warns if President Ashraf Ghani and chief executive Abdullah Abdullah do not implement their commitments, the youth’s distrust to the government would increase.

Women suffer from large scale gender discrimination and they are deprived of their civil rights, according to the survey.

However, the youth have said that they would participate in the parliamentary election.

Kamal Sadat, deputy culture minister said that youth had considerable participation in the past presidential elections and worked for democracy.

He asked the youth to participate and cast their vote for the young candidates in the parliamentary election. “Establishment of legal political parties can pave the ground for youth to lawsuit from their right in the government.”

Last year, 200,000 people mostly the youth left for European countries due to unemployment and insecurity challenges.

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