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Continued protests in north to have consequences if not handled

Governments, as a basic requirement, must have the capacity to manage a crisis. Government efforts aimed at political stability and economic prosperity will not yield any result if governments lack such quality. The incumbent Afghan government unfortunately fails in many cases to manage the crises emerging in the country. The turbulence in the country’s north is a recent example to support the claim. Supporters of First Vice President Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum have been holding anti-government rallies in many northern provinces and even in capital, Kabul, for the past two weeks. They have closed down the provincial offices of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) and several other government entities in six provinces. In Kabul, the demonstrators have also warned to shut IEC’s main office. The protestors are calling for return of their exiled leader, Gen. Dostum, as well as the release of Nizamuddin Qaisari, a militia commander, who has been arrested by Afghan forces. The volatile political situation in the north has posed serious challenges for people and local government administrations. On the one hand, the militants have intensified their attacks, but on the other hand, the government is too bogged down with the rallies, a situation that has demoralized...

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