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Political bigwigs forming alliances ahead of presidential election

Some political parties are negotiating to form new alliances to compete in the next year’s presidential election.

Hashmatullah Arshad, a spokesman of the Hezb-e-Islami, said Tuesday that jihadi and non-jihadi parties were in negotiations to choose a candidate for the presidential election, refusing to say if the Hezb-e-Islami planned to introduce a certain candidate.

“The Hezb-e-Islami believes that if all jihadi and non-jihadi political parties reach an agreement to introduce a candidate, our candidate will certainly win the presidential election,” Arshad said.

The term of the national unity government will end in June, 2019 and the presidential election is slated for April, according to the Independent Election Commission.

The government has emphasized on the timely presidential election in 2019, assuring that it would manage the election.

The incumbent president Ashraf Ghani has indirectly hinted he would run for the second time, according to reports, while the chief executive Abdullah Abdullahhas not rejected trying his chance either.

Interior minister in Hamid Karzai’s administration, Omar Dawoodzaiand former Afghan ambassador to New Delhi Sheida Mohammad Abdali are other ones who have announced their candidacy. Also, former commerce minister Anwarulhaq Ahadi likes to be one of the runners.

Wahidullah Ghazikhil, spokesman of the Afghanistan’s New National Front, a political party led by Ahadi, said that the front had been discussing other parties on a ticket that would include all the people led by Ahadi.

Negotiations between the National Front and Jamiat-e-Islami had no positive results, according to reports.

Former Balkh provincial governor, Atta Noor who is executive chief of the Jamiat party has also said he would run for the presidential election or would be deputy to a runner.

Recently, some people resigned as senior government officials, and political experts link the resignations to their decisions for the presidential election.

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