Unending political wrangling between president and his CEO

Tuesday, 20 June 2017 03:38 Written by  Heart of Asia Read 161 times

There is always fear of collapse of the National Unity Government (NUG), like a wall built on a crooked foundation. After the 2014 presidential election became controversial due to allegations of vote-rigging, the frontrunners accepted a political compromise instead of respecting the will of millions of Afghans who participated in the election despite massive security threats, and agreed with a proposition put forward by US Secretary of State John Kerry whose failure seemed inevitable from the very beginning. It was clear from the day one of the signing the NUG’s power-sharing agreement that such a government will not last long; still Afghans swallowed the cup of poison to avoid the experience of the dark past. 

 

The performance of the National Unity Government over the last three years materialized the concerns about this dispensation. Disagreements began between President Ghani and his Chief Executive Officer Abdullah from the appointment of the first individual as provincial governor, and are still ongoing, with some reports suggesting they have escalated recently. According to reports, political wrangling has once again started between the two leaders following Jamiat Party’s pressure on the CEO, and the United States is said to be mediating between the government leaders, as it did during the establishment of the NUG.  

Because of these discords, half of the Afghan cabinet is still managed by acting heads even in the government’s third year.  Insecurity spilled over into provincial capitals, and the militants have reached the doorsteps of capital Kabul. The search of passengers by Taliban in a broad daylight in the Pule Qandahari area of Logar provinces is its good example. In economic sphere, Afghan people were deprived of a loaf of bread they previously had other than their life conditions getting improved. 

When the president and his CEO cannot overcome their disagreements and complete the cabinet in three years, how Afghans should expect them to bring a positive change in their life conditions. At least for the survival of the government, the leaders have to put an end to their internal rifts, and try to correct the situation.  If fissures between them and the situation continue as now, they even won’t have the chance to live in the country let alone to rule it.