NUG after political compromise to restore legitimacy

Wednesday, 28 September 2016 04:00 Written by  Heart of asia Read 164 times

As per the US Secretary of State John Kerry-brokered power sharing agreement, the relative legitimacy of the National Unity Government (NUG) has already come to an end. Criticism of, and pressure on the government are on the rise because of its legitimacy crisis, and the failure to honor its commitments. The NUG has not yet delivered on any of its major promises, namely the electoral reforms and the convention of the Constitutional Loya Jirga.


The people of Afghanistan, as per the NUG’s political agreement, want the Loya Jirga to be held to restore the government legitimacy. The government, however, argues that the issue of its legitimacy is trifling because its term is for five years.
While there is no doubt that the president is elected for a five-year term as set forth by the Constitution, the current government has not been formed based on the Constitution, which was violated by leaders of the government on the very first day they struck the power-sharing deal, and established the NUG at the behest of John Kerry against the will of the people. Also, the government has repeatedly contravened the instrument based on which it is seeking today to prolong its legitimacy.
Amid the growing criticism of the Nation Unity Government following the end of its legitimacy, it is seeking to reach a political compromise instead of exploring legal ways to reinstate the legitimacy and fulfil its promises. Based on some unconfirmed reports, the government will make some new appointments after the Brussels Conference. Among the new would-be appointees are some politicians who have questioned   the NUG’s legitimacy.
If the government once again makes a political compromise in a bid to relieve itself of the growing pressure, it will be a betrayal of Afghans who risked their lives to participate in the previous presidential election.  The NUG should not repeat the mistake it had made after the 2014 controversial elections. To extricate itself from pressures, it will be better for the government to restore its legitimacy through lawful means, not making unfavorable political deals. On the one hand, it will legitimize future government activities, but on the other hand, the president will not be obliged to make concessions to certain circles, while also reducing the distance between the government and the people.