Ashraf Ghani and rival Abdullah Abdullah sign power-sharing agreement

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his rival Abdullah Abdullah on Sunday (May 17th) signed a power-sharing agreement after several months of an electoral dispute that plunged the country into political crisis.

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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his rival Abdullah Abdullah on Sunday signed a power-sharing agreement after months of feuds, a spokesman for the president said.

“Dr. Abdullah will lead the national reconciliation commission and members of his team will be included in the cabinet,” Gedi spokesman Sediq Sediqqi wrote on Twitter.

Political crisis

In this country in the grip of violence and where the coronavirus pandemic is worsening, MM. Ghani and Abdullah declared themselves presidents the same day and two competing presidential inauguration ceremonies took place on March 9. The head of the executive, Abdullah Abdullah, who came in second, has repeatedly challenged the results of the presidential election.

The scenario recalled the worst moments of the 2014 election, which the same two protagonists also claimed to have won.

The final results of the presidential election, organized in September, were only announced in February, mainly due to the filing by the candidates of 16,500 complaints for irregularities.

Ashraf Ghani obtained 50.64% of the 1.8 million votes taken into account. Abdullah Abdullah, who won only 39.52% of the vote, called the results “national betrayal”.

With AFP

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