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Unity govt belongs to people, says Abdullah aide

Unity govt belongs to people, says Abdullah aide

Nov 02, 2017 - 20:00

KABUL (Pajhwok):  The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) office on Thursday said the unity government represented the masses and no one has the right to threaten the system.

“The current government has come to power with people’s mandate. The unity government represents the public and it will complete its term in line with the law,” said the spokesman for CEO Abdullah Abdullah after some politicians expressed their frustration with electoral reforms.

Faisal said the current conditions did not favor convening a Loya Jirga: “Conditions specified by the Constitution for calling a loya jirga into session are currently not available. Therefore, if the Loya Jirga is convened beyond the law and its conduct is not feasible.”

The CEO spokesman said the system belonged to Afghanistan’s people and no one had the right to threaten the system.

Meanwhile, Faisal informed about reforms at security, judicial, procurement and election sectors, saying: “Reforms do not come overnight. It is a process which is ongoing and there have been improvements in this process.”

He said all people wanted “just, free, and transparent elections”

Earlier, Ismail Khan, a prominent Jamiat-i-Islami Afghanistan (JIA) figures, had said the electoral bodies needed reforms.

The former water and energy minister said Abdullah had been unsuccessful in previous two presidential elections and he did not need to test himself for a third time.

A number of influential figures have been mounting pressure on the government over the past few days to bring reforms, convene a Loya Jira, dismiss electoral commissions, establish an interim government and declare early presidential election.