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Birth of new alliances tied to power concentration

Birth of new alliances tied to power concentration

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Jul 18, 2017 - 12:02

KABUL (Pajhwok): New opposition alliances and groupings are the result of growing disappointment with the leadership of the national unity government, believe some political commentators.

Ahmad Saeedi, a former diplomat and political observer, alleged President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah had failed to honour their campaign pledges.

He said the political leadership lured people to polling stations to vote for Ghani or Abdullah but the promises made by the government were not kept. Public figures and the masses were disillusioned and forged new alliances subsequently.

Saeedi opined the creation of new alliances might be good for the country if they devised effective strategies to improve the overall situation.

 Abdul Shokoor Salangi, another expert, said the opening of new fronts was driven by centralisation of power. After the installation of the sitting government, the importance of political leaders and parties had been on the decline, he thought.

He added political leaders understood they were being sidelined and hence their increasing aversion to power concentration by the incumbent administration.

“Most of political parties felt power helpless and they are, therefore, trying to put pressure on the government by creating alliances. They are sending strong message to the government that they are central to a stable Afghanistan,” he remarked

Salangi argued power centralilsation had prompted political parties to show their spine and strengthen their desire to be part of the decision-making process.

Jamiat Islami (JI) President Salahuddin Rabbani, Atta Mohammad Noor, Deputy Chief Executive Officer Mohammad Mohaqiq recently met VP Abdul Rashid Dostum in Ankara.

At their meeting, they agreed on the establishment of a new political alliance named “High Council of Coalition for Salvation of Afghanistan”.

After their meeting in Ankara, the three parties issued a joint statement, saying the alliance was aimed to counter the illegal acts of the government, prevent the system’s disruption, political chaos and restore public confidence.

The parties spelled out their priorities including the implementation of the unity government agreement and restoration of legitimate powers of Dostum, ministers, as well the CEO and his deputies.

But Wadir Safi, another political expert, predicted the new alliance would not last long because it had been formed to grab power, achieve personal, ethnic and linguistic benefits.

“If their pockets are filled with banknotes and positions guaranteed, they would immediately disband the alliance. This is not a proper time for such alliances; they should help ensure security of the country.”

He claimed placing personal gains over the national interest, particularly in the current circumstances, was hurting the people. Political leaders in the past agreed on alliances to reform government policies.

 The made-in-Turkey alliance among Wahdat-i-Islami, Jamiat-i-Islami and Jumbish-i-Millie is the latest grouping which has slammed government polices and accused its leaders of power concentration.

The Mehwar-i-Mardum Afghanistan is another political alliance involving politicians from the administration of former President Hamid Karzai. They also lambaste the unity government’s wrong politics and want it to go.

The Herasat and Subat council is a coalition by jihadi leaders led by Prof. Abdul Rab Rasoul Sayyaf. The council, created last year, seeks a prominent role for former holy warriors in the war against terrorism, organisation of Loya Jirga and elections.

Jabha-i-Nawin Millie, led by former commerce minister Anwar-ul-Haq Ahadi, is a political front that has been critical of government policies.

Government response

Deputy presidential spokesman Dawa Khan Menapal said the government welcomed every alliance within the legal framework and upheld the national interest. However, he asked the newly created coalitions to submit their political, economic and security vision for the country.

Aman Rezayat, spokesman for the Ministry of Justice, said political parties and figures reserved every right under the constitution to create alliances to push their agendas temporarily or permanently.

nh/mud

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