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New governors to be appointed soon: IDLG

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: Officials in Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) said Wednesday that new governors for remaining provinces will be appointed in new future.

The National Unity Government is on the verge of completing its first year but the cabinet is still to be formed and most of provinces are led by acting governors. According to a number of critics, the situation has created several hurdles for the country as economy is dwindling and the government has been failed to pay state salary.

However, President Ghani introduced new faces for remaining slots in the cabinet ahead of his trip to the US.

Azadi Radio quoted Farid Mamondzai the deputy chief of IDLG as saying that work on appointing governors has started and all provinces will have governors in near future.

He said the acting governors do not have the authority to appoint or remove any official but overall the situation has not affected their activities as they continue same as the past. He added that it will take two to three weeks to appoint governors for all provinces.

President Ghani in first days in office issued a decree where governors in 34 provinces were turned into acting governors, and said that new faces shall be appointed instead of them.

However, few governors for provinces including Farah, Kunduz and Paktia were appointed in more than six months after formation of the new government.

A number of law experts said that acting governors do not own the authorities that governors have.

In the meantime, a number of acting governors said that their activities were not effective after the decree by the president, as in some cases they are not able to address problems of people.

It is said that Abdul Jabar Taqwa and Ataullah Ludin, acting governors of Kabul and Nangarhar respectively, resigned as they said they were not able to solve people’s problems as they did when they were governors of the two provinces.

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