Present Political System Needs to be Protected: President Ghani

Kabul (BNA)  Addressing a massive public gathering during his trip to eastern province of Nangarhar on Thursday, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said the present political system needs to be protected and the power must be transferred peacefully and legally.

Referring to the recent rumors about the establishment of an interim government as an outcome of a peace process with the Taliban, the President said that the Afghan people do not support the dissolution of democracy and that his main duty as president is to peacefully transfer the power to his successor according to the law.

“This seat is not mine, this seat (presidency) belongs to the nation of Afghanistan, this system has dignity, you all voted for me,” said the president, as quoted in a presidential palace statement.

“If someone comes and conducts a wrong thing, then it is the people who compensate and pay the price for his action–people have a significant importance to us like the air and the water, but the peace should be a dignified peace,” the president added.

“My duty is to transfer the power to the successor of the government in a legal way. If this does not happen, then the people do not want the termination of the power. It is not a personal matter, it is the issue of the republic system, because it is part of the joint investment of the people and the government,” he said.

“They (Taliban) always try to take distance from the religious issues. The Taliban are not prepared to talk on the basis of the Sharia (Islamic law), they say that we talk based on the Doha agreement (US-Taliban peace deal), this indicates that the fundamental issue for them is power not the religion,” said Amrullah Saleh, the First Vice President.

This comes a day after Atta Mohammad Noor, the ex-governor of Balkh, referring to his recent dispute with President Ghani over the dismissal of the ex-minister of health, said that until last Monday) he did not think about an interim government in Afghanistan, but it is an alternative for him to think about.

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