Accord with Jamiat a repeat of NUG’s mistake

Sunday, 18 December 2016 04:15 Written by  Heart of Asia Read 69 times

President Ashraf Ghani will reportedly sign a new deal with the Jamiat-e-Islami Afghanistan Party.  Atta Mohammad Noor, the acting governor of Balkh and executive director of Jamiat, said last week he has come to an arrangement with the president after a series of meetings  that an agreement be signed between the government and Jamiat based on which the party would be consulted with over major political decisions. Noor signaled he would step down as acting Balkh governor based on the deal whose draft has been prepared and would be shared with leaders of Jamiat prior to signing. 

 

Though no details of the agreement described as a repetition of the mistake of the formation of the National Unity Government (NUG) have so far been revealed, it certainly cannot be expected to serve the public’s interests given the experience of the current dispensation. Such accord between the government and a certain political party is also against governance conventions. If Ashraf Ghani considers himself as an elected president and the number one top official in charge of the government, he does not need to violate and sacrifice the norms of governance for the removal of an acting governor, and further split an already divided government. 

At first, President Ghani could not defend the votes of his people and caved in to the formation of the US-brokered National Unity Government against his slogans and the will of the people. While many sides and politicians called on him to prevent the sharing of power between two rival teams by defending the votes of people, he failed to do so, and accepted a proposition put by US Secretary of State John Kerry and America whose failure seemed inevitable from the start, disrespecting the votes and will of millions of Afghans. 

Since the inception of the National Unity Government, President Ghani has not been able to exert his constitutional powers as necessary. The chief executive officer (CEO) who is in way his subordinate doesn’t allow him to work the way he wishes, and has challenged his decisions times and again. Presidential orders on ambassadorial and other senior appointments have been rejected or taken back repeatedly. The president should have learned a lesson from that experience and therefore not repeat the mistake. If he strikes the deal and shares power this time with an acting governor, it will be a dark stain on the history of governance, descending the polity into a state of anarchy which not only the “world’s second top thinker” but also the “world’s first top thinker” would not be able to contain.