Afghanistan to Swear-in 2-Presidents Today. Two presidents, Abdullah Abdullah (L) and President Ashraf Ghani (R), with NATO secretary NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, middle.
Afghans on Monday will witness the absurd spectacle of two inaugurations at the same time, with President Ashraf Ghani and his bitter rival Abdullah Abdullah both claiming the premiership amid fears their bickering could derail upcoming Taliban talks.
The ceremonies will happen under heightened security, with multiple checkpoints found out in Kabul hours before the 2 men were thanks to be sworn in.
The country conducted the elections in September but Ghani was only announced to have won a second term in February after much delays and accusations of voter malpractice, which resulted to a threat by former chief executive Abdullah, vowing to make his own parallel government.
The spat posed a risk to a US-Taliban withdrawal deal signed leap day in Doha, Washington warned.
But The two to be sworn in presidents, Ghani and Abdullah have displayed no readiness to give up.
Instead, their game of thrones has left many Afghans despairing for his or her country’s future, worried that Kabul’s politicians are going to be no match for a unified and resurgent Taliban in any peace talks.
“It is impossible to possess two presidents in one country,” said Ahmad Jawed, 22, who urged the lads “to put their personal interests aside and only consider their country instead of fighting for power”.
Ahmad Jawed told AFP that “instead of taking oath-taking ceremonies, they need to advice each other to find a resolution to the problem”.
Afghanistan to Swear-in 2-Presidents Today
Afghans have shown little enthusiasm for Abdullah, Ghani or the election process generally.
Most of them did not participate in last year’s lacklustre poll that resulted to candidates manoveur few ideas or policies. There is high rate unemployment, and even university graduates like Jawed are trying to secure an employment, while violence has increasingly continued, apart from a week-long partial truce before the US-Taliban agreement.
In the fatal attack that stormed Afghanistan in weeks, Islamic State group terrorist killed 32 people and leaving dozens of others injured at a Friday rally in Kabul commemorating a politician from the Hazara ethnic group.
The Taliban have also involved in attacks on Afghan forces and civilians.
Experts say the crisis may to cost the government, which hasn’t gotten hold of herself after being exempted of the Doha negotiations.
With reference to the agreement signed in Qatar, international troops will leave Afghanistan in 14 months, mutually for various security commitments from the Taliban and an assurance to hold talks with Kabul.