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Abdullah rejects participation in Peace Loya Jirga: “We see no justifiable reasons for Jirga”

15 Apr 2019 Afghanistan Times

AT News Report

KABUL: Chief Executive, Abdullah Abdullah, rejected attending

the Consultative Loya Jirga set for April 29th to discuss ways for

peace, saying that not only him but also his electoral team would not attend

the jirga.

Abdullah is one of runners for this year’s

presidential elections and enjoys powerful figures such Karim Khalili and Abdul

Rashid Dostum as his backers.

“We in the Stability and Convergence Team were not

consulted to call the jirga, neither in level of political parties and figures

nor in government. We see no justifiable reasons for the jirga either,” Abdullah

said on Sunday in a statement, referring to the team’s name.

Bashir Ahmad Tah Yench, an ally of Abdullah in the

upcoming presidential elections accused President Ashraf Ghani of misusing the

Loya Jirga for his personal campaign in the elections.

“This is a matter of concern for us that unfortunately

President Ghani makes efforts to use the jirga as his campaign for election.

His claims that he was authorized by the people to call the jirga, will

challenge the peace efforts,” said Tah Yench.

2,500 representatives from 34 provinces are invited

to attend the jirga and provide the government with their consults over peace


Ghani’s Spokesman, Shah Hossain Mortazawi said that

government would later comment in this regard.

Political analysts interpret Abdullah’s stance as

the climax of differences in the leadership of the national unity government.

“This stance is a reaction from an electoral team

and besides that, is an indicator of distrust space and differences that has

been existed in the unity government and is now at its climax,” said Nasrollah

Stanekzai, political sciences professor at Kabul University.

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