The intolerance of politicians to stay outside the government has become a wrong practice in Afghan politics. In his latest remarks, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Unity Government (NUG), Dr. Abdullah called on individuals whom he said were not given any role in the government, and therefore were calling for the convening of traditional Loya Jirga to tolerate staying outside the government for a few days. What the CEO has said is a right call; however, it would have been better if he himself had implemented it before anyone else.
Irrespective of the electoral fraud, Afghan presidential elections became controversial two times because of Dr. Abdullah. Once he refused to accept the results of the 2009 presidential election solely for his thirst for power, and for the second time after the 2014 presidential election, it became very difficult for him to stay outside the government that he even threatened to form a separate government, and his supporters warned to seize power by force. Nonetheless, he accepted to form a government with his election rival that has not been envisioned in the Constitution. His thirst for power forced him to accept an executive post in a government, whose failure seemed inevitable from the very beginning.
This lack of tolerance is a common problem among Afghan politicians. They think they should not be separated from the government until they pass away. Whether they serve the people or not, or however unsuccessful they may be in their duties, they think they should be given a role in the government only because they were once senior government officials. Being a senior government official should never be construed as a guarantee of life-time government privilege. Afghan politicians should gradually learn and respect the tenets of democratic governments. By ensuring transparency, a climate should be created in which politicians view a government position rather as a responsibility than a privilege, and should have the moral courage to apologize to the people in case of failure.